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Preposition: ... in/on the boat/ship

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Lisa Huang, May 12, 2007.

  1. Lisa Huang Junior Member

    Taiwan, ROC
    1. in the boat or on the boat ?
    2. in the ship or on the ship ?
     
  2. Janka Senior Member

    Slovak
    I'd say on a ship but in a boat. A boat is small and you usually sit inside it, but a ship is bigger and you usually stand on the deck. But wait for other views. :)
     
  3. Yôn Senior Member

    English
    I'm with Janka.
     
  4. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    EEUU-inglés
  5. Lisa Huang Junior Member

    Taiwan, ROC
    Got it. Thanks a lot.
     
  6. NancyDunn Junior Member

    Paris
    USA, English
    Here's why context is necessary to know what to recommend:

    These are all correct:

    The bird landed on the boat.

    Are the life preservers in the boat already?

    Two dozen sailors work on the ship.

    The name painted on the ship is Toyota Maru.

    There are many cars in the ship. (It's a car carrier; the cars are inside, not on the deck.)

    Cheers,
    Nancy
     
  7. sambistapt Senior Member

    RIO DE JANEIRO
    Brazilian Portuguese
    Hello amigos!

    I work on/in the ship.( I´m the ship´s cook, it means that I don´t work on the deck).

    Which one fits better in this situation?

    Thanks a lot;

    Sam:cool:
     
  8. HalfEmptyHero Junior Member

    American English
    I would say "I work on a ship." It doesn't sound right to me when I say "I work in a ship," however saying "I work in a ship's galley" sounds perfectly correct to me. The galley is a kitchen area on a ship.
     

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