In/on the yacht and jet


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The WR Usage dictionary says:

" ‘get into’
When you enter a car or other small vehicle, you say that you get into it or get in.
I saw him get into a taxi.
He unlocked the van, got in and drove away.
You also say that you get into a lift, a small boat, or a small plane.

‘get on’ and ‘board’
When you enter a bus, train, large plane, or ship, you say that you get on it or board it.
The bus stopped and several more people got on.
Rina boarded a train for Kyoto. "

However, the WR dictionary also says:

"The millionaire likes to spend most of the summer on his yacht."
"Nate had never been on a jet before."

So to me, on the yacht and on the jet follow the same pattern as on the boat and on the airplane, but I'm confused by the part of the usage definition that says that when you talk about a small boat or plane (such as a yacht or a jet) you need to use "in/into"?

Could you please explain which one is right?
  • Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    "The millionaire likes to spend most of the summer on his yacht."
    Since when was a millionaire's yacht "a small boat"? ;) And a Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a jet.

    A small boat might be a rowing dinghy, a sailing dinghy or a RIB. We get into those. We get into a ship's lifeboat. The RNLI in Britain has all-weather lifeboats: the lifeboatmen go onto those. We fly on an Airbus A320, we fly in a Cessna 172.
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