[Vocabulary] a question about 'onboard' and 'aboard'

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xupeng66

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Hi there,

My question is can I use 'onboard' and 'aboard' as prepositions in a sentence like 'We use something onboard/aboard a ship to do something.'?

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I use 'aboard' as a preposition. 'Onboard' is often used as an adjective. Before cellular telephones passengers on ships had to use 'the onboard telephone'.

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Thanks for your prompt reply.
 

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Not to be confused with the phrase 'on board,' which is an adjectival phrase synonymous in many cases with 'aboard.'
 

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Is there an echo in here?;-)
 

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Yes. It seems to be a feature of the latest forum software. ;-)

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Yes. It seems to be a feature of the latest forum software. ;-)

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Oh, was that about my distinction between 'onboard' (adj) and 'on board' (adv. phr.)?
 

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No, not at all. Bob has been having a problem with the system posting his comments in duplicate.
 

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No, not at all. Bob has been having a problem with the system posting his comments in duplicate.
In fact I originally thought that was the problem, and was about to say 'Not so, there's a difference'; but - with unusual wisdom - I checked first to see whether there was a more prosaic reason. I should've known better. ;-)

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