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    Unhappy What's the correct use of 'getting'???

    Hi fellows,


    I'm studying English and yesterday when I was reading my book I found the use of 'getting'.

    Were two examples that I didn't understand:

    'He's getting into his car' and 'She's getting on the bus'.

    I don't understand the difference between using 'on' or 'into'.

    I really hate all the phrasal verbs .


    Does anyone have any comments???.


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    Re: What's the correct use of 'getting'???

    Quote Originally Posted by roin View Post
    Hi fellows,


    I'm studying English and yesterday when I was reading my book I found the use of 'getting'.

    Were two examples that I didn't understand:

    'He's getting into his car' and 'She's getting on the bus'.

    I don't understand the difference between using 'on' or 'into'.

    I really hate all the phrasal verbs .


    Does anyone have any comments???.
    I think "into" is used when we enter a small space (such as a car).

    You would "get into" a small boat (e.g. a rowing boat), but you would "get on" a big boat (e.g. a yacht).

    Here are some examples of big things we "get on":

    Get on the bus/plane/train/(big)boat/ferry/hovercraft/motorbike (we sit "on" a motorbike).

    However I'm not sure if this is a rule.

    I'm not a teacher.


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    Re: What's the correct use of 'getting'???

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    I think "into" is used when we enter a small space (such as a car).

    You would "get into" a small boat (e.g. a rowing boat), but you would "get on" a big boat (e.g. a yacht).

    Here are some examples of big things we "get on":

    Get on the bus/plane/train/(big)boat/ferry/hovercraft/motorbike/ horse/elephant/camel/bicycle/tricycle/ (we sit "on" a motorbike).

    However I'm not sure if this is a rule.

    I'm not a teacher.
    Pretty damn good analysis, colloquium, for not being a teacher.

    I might add that we sit "on" all of those 'big things'; 'sit on a bus/plane/train/(big)boat/ferry/hovercraft/...'

    'Get on a car' would mean that someone crawled on to the top of the car, the roof of the car.

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    Re: What's the correct use of 'getting'???

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    I think "into" is used when we enter a small space (such as a car).

    You would "get into" a small boat (e.g. a rowing boat), but you would "get on" a big boat (e.g. a yacht).

    Here are some examples of big things we "get on":

    Get on the bus/plane/train/(big)boat/ferry/hovercraft/motorbike (we sit "on" a motorbike).

    However I'm not sure if this is a rule.

    I'm not a teacher.
    That is a great analysis, this is something that often arises with my (French) students, who find it hard to understand the logic, for them, they travel "dans" (in) a plane, a bus etc. and "par" (by) motorcycle.

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    Re: What's the correct use of 'getting'???

    I'm sorry for poking my nose into.

    When talking about "getting on" or "board" I see a crew.

    an aircraft crew;
    a bus crew;

    And the we use get off a bus / plane / boat.

    Note I'm not a teacher.


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    Re: What's the correct use of 'getting'???

    I would like to add that students never have any difficulty with putting the right preposition in a phrase like 'to be on a horse/bicycle'. It would hardly occur to a sane human being to use 'in' here. 'Bus' is a different story. You are inside an enclosed space, so why 'on'? The paradox is that this enclosed space can be viewed upon as a flat surface, a platform. However it can also be looked at as a 3-dimensional object. I believe it is this ambiguity that causes the problem.


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    Re: What's the correct use of 'getting'???

    This question was discussed at a Chinese English study forum.
    A Chinese student did some research and found the reason why "on" is used for bus and train.
    There was no roof (bus/train) when they were invented, so "on" was used.

    That student posted the pictures of ancient bus and train (no roof).
    I'm sorry I can't find that picture anymore, otherwise I'd like to post it here.

    I think that makes sense.

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