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I'm on the bus" or "I'm in the bus"

 
 
Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 09:49 am
When my friend calls me on my mobile phone, and I am on board the bus, should I tell her "I'm on the bus" or "I'm in the bus"?

Thanks.
 
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 09:52 am
@tanguatlay,

on...
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 09:58 am
@Region Philbis,
Thanks, Region.
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Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 10:01 am
You can say either on or in. Both are acceptable.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 10:12 am
@Tes yeux noirs,

don't think i've ever heard someone say " i'm in the bus".

"i'm on the bus", "i'm on the train", "i'm on the plane" are all correct.

"i'm in the car" is correct, however...
Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 10:20 am
@Region Philbis,
Have you ever been to Britain? People say "in the bus" all the time, and "in the train" as well.
dalehileman
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 10:34 am
@tanguatlay,
Slight diff in circumstance, supposing you might be in one of several different sorts of enclosures that might affect signal strength: "John, you're breaking up. are you in your car, the station toilet, or already home sitting beside that tree in your front yard..."

"I'm in the bus, although up in front, with the door open facing south by southeast, so I can't understand your difficulty. Look around, maybe there's something else in the way"
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tanguatlay
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 10:35 am
@Tes yeux noirs,
Tes yeux noirs wrote:

Have you ever been to Britain? People say "in the bus" all the time, and "in the train" as well.
I believe many people use 'on', but it sounds wrong to me.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 10:42 am
Every day i get in the queue
To get on the bus that takes me to you . ..

Ceili
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 10:51 am
I believe the reason we say 'on the bus', is because you go on board. You on-board passenger vehicles, like planes, trains and ships too.
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tanguatlay
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 10:56 am
@Setanta,
"To get on the bus that takes me to you . .." is different. Nobody says "To get in the bus...".
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 11:09 am
@tanguatlay,
We say"im on the bus" as to indicate that Im on board a conveyance . Im not describing my position as being either in or out.
(Maybe Brits use both but I think we all agree their linguistics choices are unnecessarily too steeped in busy traditions ).

Go Nova!!
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 11:10 am
@Tes yeux noirs,
Really?

I always say on. I can't really recall anyone using "in" in normal conversation. Maybe it's a regional thing.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 11:12 am
@tanguatlay,
on

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there have been a few threads about this here in the past

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on the bus
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saab
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 11:54 am
I learned: I am on the train, sitting in wagon three.
I am sitting in a bus going to Oxford.
I am on a bus to Oxford.

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Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 11:55 am
@tanguatlay,
I agree completely . . . that was the point of me posting that song lyrica.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 01:02 pm
@Lordyaswas,
Quote:
Maybe it's a Region-al thing.
no, not in the slightest... Wink
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 01:29 pm
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2016 04:57 pm

"i'm on the truck..."

http://49.media.tumblr.com/50456b4089f0208dc98acad1d88aea3a/tumblr_n2f4etDU2H1qfr6udo7_400.gif
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