E4R: Transportation Pronouns


Probably one of the hardest things to learn in a foreign language are pronouns because they never “translate” one for one. English has a complicated relationship when it comes to transportation and pronouns and the only way to learn it is just to memorize it. If you try to understand why someone is “in” a car but “on” a bus you’ll just go insane and your head will explode, so don’t even try it.

While the following list is extensive, it is not necessarily exhaustive :)

Modes of Transport that use “on”

  • bus
  • plane
  • boat/ship
  • submarine
  • horse
  • bicycle
  • ice/roller skates
  • roller blades
  • foot (pe jos)
  • motorcycle
  • skis
  • camel
  • elephant
  • burro
  • scooter
  • sled
  • ATV
  • tractor
  • lawn mower
  • ostrich
  • pogo stick
  • llama

Modes of Transport that use “in”

  • car
  • truck
  • van
  • wagon
  • belly of a whale
  • cart
  • (stage)coach
  • balloon
  • parachute
  • a (dead) run
  • bulldozer
  • go-kart
  • spacecraft
  • flying saucer/UFO
  • bobsled
  • Santa’s sleigh

AND NOW YOU KNOW!