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in a train, in an airplane

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in a train, in an airplane

Post by Teo » Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:30 am

1. Father was riding in a train. (Reading Plus,Level One, page 55)

2. He was going for his first ride in an airplane. Bill and his father got into the airplane. (Reading Plus, Level One, page 62)

Why not say on a train, on an airplane?
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Post by Alan » Tue Sep 11, 2007 5:09 am

'Ride in a train' is a rather childish expression, probably suitable for this kind of elementary reading book. 'On' is the standard preposition for trains.

'In an airplane' is used for private/light aircraft, as opposed to large, commercial airliners.