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Hi teachers,

I can't decide which one of the following:

A pilot works on a plane
A pilot works in a plane

How would you answer this question?
Thanks
TN
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I would try to avoid both and hope to find a better way of saying it, such as "A pilot's job is to fly planes".

(By the way, "works on a plane" is ambiguous; "works on" could refer to carrying out mechanical repairs or maintenance.)
Hi GPY,

I have thought of that, but this is a primary level English assignment. I used 'He flies a plane' to answer its 'What does he do?' Wth the postmen it's easier to answer.

Is 'he works on the plane' same as carrying out mechanical repairs?

Thanks
TN
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The article doesn't affect that aspect. "he works on a/the plane" could mean that his job is carried out on board a/the plane, or that he carries out mechanical repairs or maintenance on a/the plane.
Hi GPY,

Thanks again. I'll have to wait until the teacher gives us back the assignment.

TN
Hi GPY,

There's this assignment where it asks you to list your activities. Bare in mind this is from BrE.

What do you like doing in your free time?
I like going swimming.

Teachers insist 'going' not to be removed in the sentences and she will not change the mark. I would like to know if you can answer: I like swimming. And if I like to swim the infinitive form will be correct to What do you like doing in your free time?

Thanks
TN
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"I like swimming", "I like going swimming", "I like to swim" and "I like to go swimming" are all correct English and are all valid answers to "What do you like doing in your free time?"
Hi GPY,

Thanks for your help.
TN
Hi GPY,

The teacher corrected to 'a pilot works at a plane'. On and in are both not right for the sentence.

Thanks
TN
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