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difference between "go in a car" and "go on a car"


difference between "go in a car" and "go on a car"
Could you explain me what is the difference between "go in a car,a bus" and "go on a bus, car"?

12 Nov 2010      

United States

I don t think I ve ever heard that expression. sorry.

You can go somewhere by car.

12 Nov 2010     


Do you mean get into/out of a car versus get on/off a bus?

12 Nov 2010     

United States

I went downtown in a car/on a bus.
If you went "on a car", it would mean that you were physically on top of the car, on the outside, so you wouldn t use that expression. We also don t say "in a bus".
As libertybelle said, you can also go by car or by bus.
We use "in" with small vehicles that hold few people:
in a car, in a taxi, in a van, in a boat (if it s a small one)
We use "on" with large vehicles that hold many people:
on a bus, on a ship, on a yacht, on a train.
Generally, if you can comfortably walk around in it, use "on". Otherwise, use "in".
Of course, we also use "on" with something that we are physically on, such as a bicycle, skateboard, etc.

12 Nov 2010     


Thank you!

12 Nov 2010     


I usually use the explanation that if a vehicle has an aisle you get "on" it and if it doesn t you get in it. This fits in quite well with yanogator s ( Bruce) description.
Cheers Joy

13 Nov 2010