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    We say "drive a car". Can we drive a plane?
    By the way, how about roller coaster? Take a roller coaster ride or ride a roller coaster?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mayclaire View Post
    We say "drive a car". Can we drive a plane?
    By the way, how about roller coaster? Take a roller coaster ride or ride a roller coaster?
    Thanks!
    We normally 'fly' a plane. Either of your roller coaster expressions would do; also 'go/be on a roller coaster ride'. [There's also an idiomatic usage of 'roller coaster ride', referring to violent swings of fortune/emotion; this is usually in the form of a [preposition +] noun phrase, or verb (usually passive) + preposition + noun phrase:

    We are on an emotional roller coaster.

    We were taken on/subjected to an emotional roller coaster.

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    Thanks very much. I know it is right to say " fly a plane". However, it is hard for me a foreinger to know whether it is correct to say" drive a plane", for English is not natural to me at all. I use the same verb in my language when we drive a car, fly a plane and steer a ship. Another questions come into my mind. Is it correct to say " steer a plane?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayclaire View Post
    Thanks very much. ... Is it correct to say "steer a plane?"
    Generally, no. But when a pilot moves the plane in a specific case, by means only of steering [not speeding up or controlling the plane in some other way] you can use 'steer':

    After he had been flying the plane for an hour, getting lower and lower without noticing, he suddenly had to steer round a radio mast.


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    Thanks for your quick reply. I appreciate your help.

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