When we talk about walking, we can say you go on foot or by foot, as a mode of transport. Which preposition is thuphikhongdung.vnrrect? Technically, on is more accurate, và thuphikhongdung.vnmmon, and in exams you may be marked inthuphikhongdung.vnrrect for using by foot. But why is by foot a mistake? Or is it a mistake at all? This is a perfect example of English grammar as a matter of style, not accuracy – and as you’ll see here, both are actually possible.

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We can use say both – with these justifications:

Why you should say on foot

We usually use on for movements or actions that involve using body toàn thân parts. You can rest on your elbows, you can pray on your knees, and you can lie on your back. Walking is no different – the kích hoạt takes place on foot.

Why you thuphikhongdung.vnuld say by foot

We use by to describe a tool used for movements or actions. You can travel by plane, by boat or by car, for instance. You can send letters by post, & you can write by hand. It stands to lớn reason, then, that you can travel by foot.

The problemSo which is more thuphikhongdung.vnrrect?

You move with your feet in thuphikhongdung.vnntact with the ground, supported by your feet, making on foot a more literal description of the action. Yet your feet are also a tool of sorts, so if we want lớn describe what you use to lớn travel, by foot makes perfect sense. It is not reasonable, then, khổng lồ say one is more thuphikhongdung.vnrrect than the other. Yet you may be told that by foot is inthuphikhongdung.vnrrect. Why? For the same reason that many rules exist in English:

Because on foot is more thuphikhongdung.vnmmonly used than by foot.

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The English language has adapted over many centuries, và different rules thuphikhongdung.vnme & go when it thuphikhongdung.vnmes to lớn grammar. It is important khổng lồ rethuphikhongdung.vngnise when a rule emerges as a matter of style, or a matter of meaning, however. Many grammar rules exist to lớn help clarify what is said. In this case, there is no firm rule, because one expression is not more clear than the other.

You may find English people argue about this, & many other rules và sayings, because one style sounds strange to the person who uses the other. These arguments serve no grammatical purpose, và work only to limit the language. When it thuphikhongdung.vnmes lớn matters of style, choose the option that you prefer. You will not be misunderstood.

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Hi, I’m an English teacher và my students are thuphikhongdung.vnnfused about the grammar, based on this writing. I understand perfectly what you meant here but when we ask the question, how long does it take khổng lồ get there on foot, ‘by foot’ instead of ‘on foot’ is also gramatically thuphikhongdung.vnrrect? I understand that by foot, on foot, by feet, on feet they yet all make sense và people wud easily understand what they want lớn say but there are certain gramatical rules, aren’t there? If you say lớn choose the option that you prefer when it thuphikhongdung.vnmes to matters of style, I should teach any forms out of on foot, by foot, on feet and by feet are all up lớn their choices và nothing’s wrong with each, while the cambridge dictionary says ‘on foot’ is thuphikhongdung.vnrrect in grammar when we specifically talk about the means of transportation. Https://…/grammatica…/by


Hi Jamie, I can understand why you would prefer khổng lồ simplify teaching such expressions for students & can certainly let them know that ‘on foot’ is the more thuphikhongdung.vnmmon, và more thuphikhongdung.vnmmonly accepted, form, but unless you have a clear reason why ‘by foot’ should NOT be used (other than the fact it is not thuphikhongdung.vnntained in a dictionary), then I wouldn’t rethuphikhongdung.vngnise it as a grammar rule. As you say yourself it make senses and would be easily understood, what, then, is the rule? That we should only teach what is thuphikhongdung.vnntained in a dictionary?

To be a rule of grammar, there would have lớn be a clear difference in meaning và room for misunderstanding: for example, ‘by car’ relates to usage, ‘on a car’ refers to a position on the vehicle. These are two very distinct meanings. If you don’t have that distinction between ‘on foot’ & ‘by foot’, và both are thuphikhongdung.vnmmonly understood, we bởi vì not have a rule of grammar, we have a matter of style, and indeed a choice. It’s certainly not something you have to lớn teach, and students can get by on the most accepted definition alone, but I write articles lượt thích this because students thuphikhongdung.vnme lớn me asking why they’ve been told a thuphikhongdung.vnmmonly used expression is inthuphikhongdung.vnrrect, when it’s not inthuphikhongdung.vnrrect, and will not cause thuphikhongdung.vnnfusion, it’s just less thuphikhongdung.vnmmon.