What is the correct word to use for vehicles: in or on?
Thursday March 9th 2017
When talking about vehicles, when is one "in" a vehicle and when is one "on" a vehicle? Is there a rule for using "in" or "on" in these situations? — Learners Everywhere
Usually, you should use in when you are talking about a small vehicle or a personal vehicle. Use on when you are talking about a large vehicle or a public vehicle. An exception to this is when you are talking about a bicycle or motorcycle. For small vehicles like those, use on. The examples below show some uses of in and on with vehicles.
The dog likes to ride in the car.
We were able to fit all of our luggage in the truck.
He liked going for drives in his Jeep during the summer.
He left his jacket in the limousine.
There wasn't much space to move around in the canoe.
She got on the bus near the library.
We parked our car on the ferryboat.
She sailed off into the sunset on her yacht.
The kids had a snack on the plane.
There were quite a few passengers on the train.
She sat on her bike for a minute adjusting her helmet, and then she headed home.