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    Hi,
    "Last year, her father often drove his car to his office, but this year he takes/is taking a bus."
    Please tell me which tense is correct?
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi,
    "Last year, her father often drove his car to his office, but this year he takes/is taking a bus."
    Please tell me which tense is correct?
    Thanks.
    He takes a bus.

    This year,he is taking a bus.

    He goes by bus.

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    rj1948

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    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi,
    "Last year, her father often drove his car to his office, but this year he is taking a bus."
    Please tell me which tense is correct?
    Thanks.
    I believe the present continuous is needed here to indicate a temporary characteristic of an object. Last year he drove his car, this year he is taking a bus, who knows maybe next year he will start using the subway.

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    Default Re: take a bus

    I would say "he takes..." as he does it probably every day (repeated action/habit).

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    "he takes a bus", according to my English teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi,
    "Last year, her father often drove his car to his office, but this year he takes/is taking a bus."
    Please tell me which tense is correct?
    Thanks.
    I had to think about this for a while. I'm not a professional teacher, and my initial thought was to go for " this year he takes the bus", but the longer I thought about it, the more I liked the sound of " he is taking the bus". The sentence is highly topical, and all the similar expressions I see and hear in NZ use the progressive: "Because of the rising cost of petrol, more people are using public transport." "People who once drove to work are now taking the bus or the train." "Commuters who drove to work last year are now going by bus." I would say that weight of natural usage, at least here in NZ, is in favour of "is taking" over "takes".

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    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi,
    "Last year, her father often drove his car to his office, but this year he takes/is taking a bus."
    Please tell me which tense is correct?
    Thanks.
    I agree with Stuart. Maybe it's because his routine hasn't yet become established. When was this spoken, early in the year, is it a predictive "ing for the future"?

    Anyway, using the present simple makes it sounds like it's a done deal, an order from on high, that Pa has no choice in the matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    I agree with Stuart. Maybe it's because his routine hasn't yet become established. When was this spoken, early in the year, is it a predictive "ing for the future"?

    Anyway, using the present simple makes it sounds like it's a done deal, an order from on high, that Pa has no choice in the matter.
    can I say "I have been taking the bus to work every day since I sold my car"?
    also, should I say "to work", "to office" or either?
    thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    can I say "I have been taking the bus to work every day since I sold my car"?
    also, should I say "to work", "to office" or either?
    thanks.
    I'm not a teacher, but that sentence sounds completely natural to me, and with the rising cost of fuel, I hear that sort of phrase quite a lot these days. Also, I think most native speakers would say "to work" as you did, or "to the office", if applicable. I think that "I have been taking the bus to work every day since I sold my car" sounds a little more comfortably natural than "I have been taking the bus to the office every day since I sold my car."

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuartnz View Post
    I'm not a teacher, but that sentence sounds completely natural to me, and with the rising cost of fuel, I hear that sort of phrase quite a lot these days. Also, I think most native speakers would say "to work" as you did, or "to the office", if applicable. I think that "I have been taking the bus to work every day since I sold my car" sounds a little more comfortably natural than "I have been taking the bus to the office every day since I sold my car."
    hi Stuart!
    I haven't seen you here very often.
    welcome back!

    p.s.: should I have said "I haven't seen you here lately"?

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