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    Which one is correct, or preferable: Take a number six bus, or take a bus number six?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaci View Post
    Which one is correct, or preferable: Take a number six bus, or take a bus number six?

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    Take the number six bus.

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    If we are discussing an urban bus service, then I think
    Take a No. 6 bus...

    is preferable, because this is not a solitary bus, but just one of the many No. 6s that run on a route during the day.
    "There'll be another one along in 10 minutes."
    and
    "Isn't it always the way. You wait an hour and then 3 come along all at once."

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    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    If we are discussing an urban bus service, then I think
    Take a No. 6 bus...

    is preferable, because this is not a solitary bus, but just one of the many No. 6s that run on a route during the day.
    "There'll be another one along in 10 minutes."
    and
    "Isn't it always the way. You wait an hour and then 3 come along all at once."

    I suppose by saying "the" bus, I should include "the number 6 bus at 7:45"

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    Thank you both, but the point I'd like to clear up for myself here is in fact whether you can use either of the two word orders, that is "bus number 6" and "number 6 bus". Or one of them sounds more natural for a native speaker or something. Thank you again.

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    Default Re: number 6 bus

    Number 6 bus is more common.

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    Default Re: number 6 bus

    Quote Originally Posted by shaci View Post
    Take the Number 6 bus.

    Thank you
    I'd use the because it's a specific bus, or at least a specific choice. You're saying which bus to take.

    David is right, though. There might be more than one Number 6 bus. But (at least in American English) we'd usually say the anyway. (It might be idiomatic. As Duke Ellington said, "Take the A Train.")

    You're welcome!
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 04-Mar-2009 at 21:30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaci View Post
    Thank you both, but the point I'd like to clear up for myself here is in fact whether you can use either of the two word orders, that is "bus number 6" and "number 6 bus". Or one of them sounds more natural for a native speaker or something. Thank you again.
    We're all telling you the same thing: Number 6 bus.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 04-Mar-2009 at 21:29.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    I suppose by saying "the" bus, I should include "the number 6 bus at 7:45"
    The 7:45 never comes at 7:45!

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    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    If we are discussing an urban bus service, then I think
    Take a No. 6 bus...

    is preferable, because this is not a solitary bus, but just one of the many No. 6s that run on a route during the day.
    "There'll be another one along in 10 minutes."
    and
    "Isn't it always the way. You wait an hour and then 3 come along all at once."
    If we look at the article question in my original post David, your explanation is the closest to my understanding.
    For me "take a No. 6 bus" means: get on one out of the say 4 or 6 No. 6 buses that run on that line simultaneously, which pulls into the stop first.

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