When we talk about using transportation in English, there are some set phrases using get that contain prepositions. It’s a good idea to memorize these.
When you “enter” a train, subway, bus, airplane, etc., use get on. In English, we imagine such methods of transportation to be like a stage, so, just as you get on a stage, you get on a bus. Get on means enter.
- I got on the train at Grand Central Station.
- Jack tried to get on the next flight to Chicago, but the plane was full.
- Jen said she dropped her cell phone when she got on the subway this morning.
After you reach your destination, you get off the train, subway, bus, airplane, etc. Get off means exit.
- I got off the train at Grand Central Station.
- Jack got off the plane Chicago and took a taxi to his hotel.
- Jen said she dropped her cell phone when she got off the subway this morning.
For a car or taxi we use get in and get out. When we use a direct object we use get out of.
- I got in the taxi on Madison Ave and got out in Times Square.
- Jane had an argument with Joe in the car, and told him to get out of the car.
- Jen said she dropped her cell phone when she got in the car this morning.
How do you usually go to work or school?
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