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    #1

    He can ride a bicycle.

    what's the difference between these two:

    He can ride a bicycle.

    He can ride bycicle.

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    #2

    Re: He can ride a bicycle.

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    The correct word is bicycle.
    I don't think the 2nd sentence is correct English anyway.

    You can say:
    He can ride a bicycle.
    He can ride bicycles.

    He can ride bicycle. - I will be very surprised if this sentence is correct...

    By the way, the word bicycle can be used as a verb too.
    So you could also say:
    He can bicycle.
    However, I'm not sure if people actually use it this way.

    Cheers!

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    #3

    Re: He can ride a bicycle.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    The correct word is bicycle.
    I don't think the 2nd sentence is correct English anyway.

    You can say:
    He can ride a bicycle.
    He can ride bicycles.

    He can ride bicycle. - I will be very surprised if this sentence is correct...

    By the way, the word bicycle can be used as a verb too.
    So you could also say:
    He can bicycle.
    However, I'm not sure if people actually use it this way.

    Cheers!
    You're absolutely right - "He can ride bicycle" is not a full sentence.

    He can ride a bicycle.
    He can ride a bike.
    He can ride bicycles. (Although riding more than one bicycle at the same time would be rather difficult!)

    As far as the verb is concerned, you would normally hear "He can cycle". I think the only time I've heard "to bicycle" is in an exercise class where someone is lying on their back with their legs in the air, and the teacher wants them to move their legs as if they are pedalling a bike. The teacher might say "OK, now bicycle!!"

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