The driver get on the bus?

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optimistic pessimist

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Hi, there!

1. "At 7: 30 the driver got on/in his bus to drive it."

2. "While driving, the engine stopped suddenly. The driver got off/ out of the bus to see what had happened to the engine."

In sentences 1 and 2, which prepositions would be better?

Thank you in advance.
 

albertino

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Hi, there!

1. "At 7: 30 the driver got on/in his bus to drive it."

2. "While driving, the engine stopped suddenly. The driver got off/ out of the bus to see what had happened to the engine."

In sentences 1 and 2, which prepositions would be better?

Thank you in advance.
(Not a teacher)

Generally, we use "on" with public transport(larger), like train, bus, tram, MTR etc. and "in" with cars(smaller like a box) of private nature. It also depends on your angle of perspective. On a horizontal view, the passenger is getting "on" it(the deck). On the other hand, if you view the transport as "a box", the passenger is gettng in/into it. Accordingly,in the second sentence, we use "off" if it is a bus and "out of" if it is a car .;-)
 
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