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  1. Unregistered
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    getin/on

    I want know which to use get in or get on a transportation

    get on a car/get in a car
    get on a plane / get in a plane
    get on a boat/get in a boat



    What is the difference nuance between in and on in this situation?
    I couldn't find a seat on the bus
    I couldn't find a seat in the bus


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    Re: getin/on

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I want know which to use get in or get on a transportation

    get in a car
    get on a plane
    get on a boat/get in a boat (depends on the size of a boat)



    What is the difference nuance between in and on in this situation?

    My two pence:

    I couldn't find a seat on the bus (standard)
    I couldn't find a seat in the bus (minibus; or the bus was just a dummy )
    ...

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    Re: getin/on

    The American comedian George Carlin used to do a routine about the vagaries of the English language, including the usage of getting "on" the airplane....."Let Evel Knievel get on the airplane, I'm getting in the damned thing!"

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