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Making Sense of Grammar
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介系詞 on 的核心概念為「在接觸面上」,那麼為何我們會說 on the airplane?
我們都在飛機裡,是不是應該說 in the airplane?
asked Mar 28, 2018 in Questions about English Grammar by admin (23,690 points)

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In the airplane 和 on the airplane 表達不同的空間意涵:

介系詞 on 蘊含的平面意象通常用來表達在交通工具「上」,例如 on board (上船/上車),故介系詞 on 常用來表達「搭乘」交通工具;介係詞 in 的核心概念為「在範圍內」,所以通常用來強調在交通工具「內」。

answered Mar 28, 2018 by admin (23,690 points)
edited Mar 28, 2018 by admin
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