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    Good morning,

    I have heard the words METRO, SUBWAY, UNDERGROUND and TUBE have the same meaning. But I'm not sure if we can make the following sentences:
    1. I'm on metro.
    2. I'm on subway.
    3. I'm on underground.
    4. I'm on tube.

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    Re: metro

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    Good morning,

    I have heard the words METRO, SUBWAY, UNDERGROUND and TUBE have the same meaning. But I'm not sure if we can make the following sentences:
    1. I'm on metro.
    2. I'm on subway.
    3. I'm on underground.
    4. I'm on tube.
    Add 'the' to each sentence and you'll reach your correct destination!

    1. I'm on the Metro.
    2. I'm on the subway.
    3. I'm on the underground.
    4. I'm on the tube.

    I don't know if subway, underground, or tube are proper nouns in BrE.

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    Re: metro

    Thank you.
    So do you mean "I'm on the subway" mean "I'm inside the vehicle"? I mean does "subway" refer to the vehicle? Because my dictionary says it refers to the system.

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    Re: metro

    In BrE, if we say "I'm on the Tube" it means we're actually travelling inside the underground train. If we're standing on the platform waiting for the train, we would probably say "I'm at the tube station" or "I'm just waiting for the Tube".

    The British system is called London Underground or The Tube. We don't use "subway" to refer to our underground rail system. It's the Metro in many continental European countries.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: metro

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In BrE, if we say "I'm on the Tube" it means we're actually travelling inside the underground train. If we're standing on the platform waiting for the train, we would probably say "I'm at the tube station" or "I'm just waiting for the Tube".

    The British system is called London Underground or The Tube. We don't use "subway" to refer to our underground rail system. It's the Metro in many continental European countries.
    Whatever they call it in BrE, be sure to always "mind the gap"!

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    Re: metro

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Whatever they call it in BrE, be sure to always "mind the gap"!
    When I lived in Madrid, I loved the fact that the Spanish equivalent of "Mind the gap" was so long-winded! It translated to "Caution, station on a curve. On exiting, be careful not to put your foot between the train and the platform". It's only said on curved platforms - when pulling into a straight platform, they don't bother warning you about the gap that still exists.
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    Re: metro

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The British system is called London Underground or The Tube. We don't use "subway" to refer to our underground rail system.
    The Glasgow Subway is a special case.

    Rover

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    Re: metro

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The Glasgow Subway is a special case.

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    Oops, I didn't even know Glasgow had an underground system!
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    Re: metro

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Oops, I didn't even know Glasgow had an underground system!
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