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Are these exprssions right? "get in" or "get on"...? get on a bus (T) get off a bus (T) get in a car (not sure) get off a car (not sure) get out of a car (not sure)
Mar 2, 2014 1:31 AM
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Yes, 'in' and 'on' really are very idiomatic depending on the context. If you take the bus ... > you get on a bus > you ride on the bus > you get off the bus >> then say that you took the bus ... or that you came by bus If you take a car ... > you can get in a car (but not on a car, unless you're a model at the auto show) > you get out of a car >> then say that you drove your car ... or that you came by car If you take a taxi ... > you can get in a taxi, you can ride in a taxi > you get out of a taxi >> then say that you took a taxi ... or that you came by taxi If you take the train ... > you get on the train > you ride the train > you get off the train >> then say that you took the train ... or that you came by train I have not covered nearly all possibilities, but these should get you around town :)
March 2, 2014
You're close. The only one that is wrong is "get off a car". Unless someone is literally leaning or standing on top of the car you wouldn't say that. Also it depends on the context, but usually you're going to say "the" instead of "a" for these phrases. This isn't true 100% of the time though. "A" merely implies that the particular car or bus doesn't matter.
March 2, 2014
get on a bus - correct get off a bus - correct get in a car - correct get off a car - You wouldn't say this very often. This would be for a very specific incident like, for example, sitting *on* the hood or trunk of your car, or maybe leaning against it. get out of a car - correct (as in, you're sitting inside the car and you open the door to leave)
March 2, 2014
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