What boat are you __ now, may I ask?

Which preposition should I use to fill in the blank, on or in?

Thanks a lot for your help.
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Hi,

What boat are you __ now, may I ask?

Which preposition should I use to fill in the blank, on or in?

It's hard to say, without a context. Probably on. I say I crossed the river on a boat. But in is also possible.

There is an expression You and I are in the same boat, meaning we have the same problem.

I'd stick with on.

Best wishes, Clive
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We can say in a small boat. But is it possible to say on a small boat?

What's the difference between in a ship and on a ship?

Thank you very much for your reply.
Hi,

We can say in a small boat. But is it possible to say on a small boat? As I said, either is possible and much depends on the context, but stick with 'on' as a general rule.

What's the difference between in a ship and on a ship? Sailors use 'in a ship'. Non-sailors say 'on a ship'.

Best wishes, Clive
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