Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: This train..

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 45,227
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    This train..

    'This train will now terminate here.' This was the announcement given on a London Underground train I was travelling on. The train was supposed to go beyond the place where it stopped....

    Read more...

    Source: TDOL's Language Archive

  1. RonBee's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Feb 2003
    • Posts: 16,570
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2
    Wouldn't it have been better to say stop rather than terminate?

    :)

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 45,227
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3
    They use 'terminate' for the end of the journey and 'stop' for pauses at stations along the way.

  2. RonBee's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Feb 2003
    • Posts: 16,570
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4
    I guess terminate in that sense comes from terminal (train station). I don't think the word is used that way in AE.

    :)

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 45,227
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5
    We use or used 'terminus' for bus station.

Similar Threads

  1. wandering
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 22-Mar-2004, 01:15
  2. comparisms
    By valtango in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-Dec-2003, 18:44
  3. Probability
    By Hong Kong Chinese in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 17-Nov-2003, 12:08
  4. GRAMMAR
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 40
    Last Post: 10-Jul-2003, 21:50

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •