sailing in the sea, at the sea or on the sea

Discussion in 'English Only' started by clairelt, May 24, 2015.

  1. clairelt New Member

    Hi everybody,
    Please tell me which of the following sentences are correct.
    i. The man is sailing on the sea.
    ii. The man is sailing in the sea.
    iii. The man is sailing at the/ at sea.
    And what is the difference?
  2. clairelt New Member

    Thanks. But what if I want to stress that we are sailing in/on/at the sea, not the ocean? which preposition(s) should I use?
  3. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    Why do you think "sea" is necessarily different from "ocean?":cool:

    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
    sea /si/n.
    1. the salt waters that cover the greater part of the earth's surface;
      ocean:[countable]the seven seas.[uncountable]
  4. perpend

    perpend Banned

    American English
    "on" is really the best option. I would use that.
  5. clairelt New Member

    Thanks. I think we make sentences in this way because we translate them directly from Chinese Language.

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