Which one is correct, or preferable: Take a number six bus, or take a bus number six?
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."
"Isn't it always the way. You wait an hour and then 3 come along all at once."
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.
Number 6 bus is more common.
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.")
Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 04-Mar-2009 at 21:30.