Prepositions related to transportation

English prepositions are a nightmare for English learners.
What is a preposition?
If you break the word down into two, "Pre" means "before", and "position" means "place" - so you would place it before another word, like a noun or a noun phrase, for example. There are two kinds of prepositions: one-word, or simple prepositions, and complex prepositions (containing two or more words).

When referring to means of transport, you’ll use the prepositions “In” and “On”. Here you can find a chart with everything organized according to its preposition.
IN
  • Car
  • Taxi / Cab
  • Truck
  • RV / Motor home / Caravan
ON
  • Boat
  • Bus
  • Bike / Bicycle
  • Plane / Airplane / Aeroplane
  • Train
  • Motorcycle
  • Scooter
  • Subway / Metro
  • Tram
*As you can see, the majority of these use the preposition “On”. Why is that?
Can I stand up while using it? If you can, then you’re “on” it, but there are some exceptions:

- RV / Motor home / Camper uses the preposition “in” although you can stand up inside.
- Motorcycles and bicycles, although you are normally sitting down, we use the preposition "on".
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "He is a nice and funny teacher. He help me a lot with my typical mistakes and He speaks very well Spanish, then I can help sometimes with some sentences that I didn't know how to say in English." Hey! I'm Brian and I'm an English native from the United States. I have more than 7 years of experience giving conversational English classes both in Italy and Spain and I'd love to be able to help you improve your English whether it's for your job, an exam like the FIRST or ADVANCED certificate or just for fun. If you're ready to get started, send me a message and we can get started right away. 😊 *Please, keep in mind that when I have back to back classes I may be 5 minutes late to our class (I will let you know in advance). Of course we will make up for those minutes at the end of the class. Or if you can't, we will make them up in the next class.
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