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    Are the following sentences acceptable, natural or not natural? Thank you.

    1. There are many advantages to taking/riding the bus.
    2. There are many advantages in taking/riding the bus.
    3. There are many advantages if you take/ride the bus.

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    Default Re: natural expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Are the following sentences acceptable, natural or not natural? Thank you.

    1. There are many advantages to taking/riding the bus.
    2. There are many advantages in taking/riding the bus.
    3. There are many advantages if you take/ride the bus.

    Each sentence is acceptable, and I would class them all natural. I say similar sentences myself.


    "I'm currently riding the bus."

    "I'm taking the bus to uni."

    "I can take the bus to uni."


    Doesn't make a difference if you say take/taking or ride/riding. However, it is more common to say 'take/taking'. But that does not mean the use is incorrect.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    I don't like "There are many advantages in taking/riding/getting the bus".

    Generally, we talk about the advantages and disadvantages of​ something.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't like "There are many advantages in taking/riding/getting the bus".

    Generally, we talk about the advantages and disadvantages of​ something.
    Thank you for your professional opinion. However, I have seen quite a few similar sentences in Corpus of Contemporary American English. For example, I quote " There are obvious advantages in trying to solve the matter ahead of time. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't like "There are many advantages in taking/riding/getting the bus".

    Generally, we talk about the advantages and disadvantages of​ something.
    Quite often I've heard of 'the advantages in' something.




    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Thank you for your professional opinion. However, I have seen quite a few similar sentences in Corpus of Contemporary American English. For example, I quote " There are obvious advantages in trying to solve the matter ahead of time. "

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    I would say it comes down to preference in some cases.
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    Where I live, advantages to is much more common than advantages of or in.

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