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    Nordic Bill is offline Member
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    Default Horses drive me buggy!

    Pardon the pun (*ahem*), but at least I got your attention!

    My question relates to the concept of the "horse and buggy". Is it correct to say "We went for a ride in a horse and buggy" despite the fact that you cannot be "in the horse" when you are sitting in the buggy? Logically, it seems way off the mark, however this seems to have a more natural ring to it than "with a horse and buggy".

    To avoid confrontation with a dubious preposition, the sentence can be re-structured to read "They took a horse and buggy ride". However here I run into another obstacle, i.e. if there are mandatory hyphens connecting the first three words: "horse-and-buggy ride".

    This one's nagging me.

    Thanks,
    Bill

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    Default Re: Horses drive me buggy!

    I hope I am not wrong on that one but if you say:

    Let's go for a horse-and-buggy ride"

    horse-and-buggy functions as an adjective and it describes the kind of ride you want to take.

    If you reverse that and say:

    We went for a ride in a horse and buggy, then horse and buggy becomes the means of transport as one word. You do not sit in a horse but you sit in the buggy (carriage).

    It sounds fine to me, Bill.

    Let's hope some bigger brains get together and explain it better.

    :)

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    Nordic Bill is offline Member
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    Default Re: Horses drive me buggy!

    Thank you Marylin. Very logical in that "horse and buggy" is a single concept you find yourself riding in.

    Bill

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