back aboard the ship

aesir

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Hello: What is the difference in meaning between "Mal takes the siblings back aboard the ship" and "Mal takes the siblings back to the ship". The phrase is part of the movie (Serenity 2005) plot found in this link. Thank you.

"Despite Simon's objections, Mal brings River on a bank robbery. River warns them that savage and cannibalistic Reavers are coming. They escape, but Simon decides he and River will leave Serenity at the next port. Once there, however, a subliminal message in a television commercial causes River to attack numerous bar patrons, and Mal takes the siblings back aboard the ship."
 
  • PaulQ

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    UK
    English - England
    "Mal takes the siblings back aboard the ship" -> Mal takes them onto the ship.
    "Mal takes the siblings back to the ship" -> Mal takes them back as far as, but not necessarily onto, the ship.
     
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