"in" or "for" Home › Forums › IELTS Speaking › "in" or "for" This topic contains 2 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by kai 1 year, 9 months ago. Author Posts January 9, 2016 at 4:52 am #438 kaiParticipant Hi Daniel, a question about prepositions. Which is correct: I got 8 in speaking (IELTS Test), or I got 8 for speaking? Thank you. Have a good one! Kathy January 10, 2016 at 2:27 am #439 FoxParticipant They are both correct. The meaning is slightly different, although they communicate the same general idea. Statement 1 a: How did you go to the beach? b: We went in a car. Statement 2 a: How did you go to the beach? b: We went by car. Statement 1 focuses on the car as a thing with four walls, a roof, doors, and seats. Statement 2 focuses on the form of transportation e.g., bus, train, bike, car The end result is the same i.e.: You took a car. ‘in’ is used to describe your position within a space; however, it is also used for ‘participation’, ’embroiled’, etc. January 18, 2016 at 5:24 am #440 kaiParticipant Hi Dan, thank you very much for your clear explanation. However, it seems for me that “by car” is an expected answer for this particular question, as I feel that the question focuses on which transportation was used. What do you think? Kathy Author Posts You must be logged in to reply to this topic.