One Point English Lesson – Get on/in, Get off/out of

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Should I get on the bus? Get off the bus? Get in the bus?

Here is our point that can be confusing for a lot of English learners. When we talk about using public transportation, or any transportation for that matter, we use get followed by prepositions. For today’s one point English lesson let’s take a look at what the rules are.

First of all, for most public transportation where you can standup we use get on and get out of. You can get on the bus, get on the train, get on the subway, get on the ship, get on the ferry, and so on.

  • I usually get on the subway at 34th St. and then get off at 57th St.
  • Yalçin lives in Staten Island, so he gets on the ferry every morning at 7 AM.

The idea behind this is simple just as you get on or get off the stage and you can stand on the stage, you get on or get off this kind of public transportation.

However the rule is different for cars. A car is generally small and you can’t standup so in this case we use to get in and get out of. You can get in the car, get in a taxi, or even get in an Uber.

  • Jackie gets in her car every morning and drives to work.
  • I can’t believe it! I dropped my phone in a puddle when I got out of the taxi.

Keep in mind the best way to remember this or any vocabulary in English is to take the word or phrase write it in a sentence that’s true for you or true in your world and then memorize your sentences.

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