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    to travel in/on a bus

    Which is correct, to travel in a bus or to travel on a bus?

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    Re: to travel in/on a bus

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Which is correct, to travel in a bus or to travel on a bus?
    Both are fine.


    • travel in(side) a bus
    • travel on(board) a bus

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    Re: to travel in/on a bus

    Also: travel by bus (no a)

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    Re: to travel in/on a bus

    By camel

    Father and son went to New York by a morning train. (Sinclair)

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    Re: to travel in/on a bus

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    Father and son went to New York by a morning train. (Sinclair)
    They went by a morning train rather than an evening train. That's fine.
    That is not the same as the general: They went by train rather than by bus.

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    Re: to travel in/on a bus

    It's easier to go to town by the bus (rather than by the train). [quoted from A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language]

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    Re: to travel in/on a bus

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    It's easier to go to town by the bus (rather than by the train). [quoted from A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language]
    I wouldn't use the "the."

    Would my UK friends use it?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: to travel in/on a bus

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I wouldn't use the "the."

    Would my UK friends use it?
    Well, I wouldn't.
    I can take the bus or the train, but I only go by bus or by train

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    Re: to travel in/on a bus

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    It's easier to go to town by the bus (rather than by the train). [quoted from A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language]
    True - but Quirk et al write, before giving that example (p.700):

    Absence of the article is normal with the unmodified noun phrase after by, but not obligatory. (My emphasis)
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    Re: to travel in/on a bus

    How about if you add a possessive? The preposition changes, doesn't it?

    "They travelled in my car."

    "He drove to the gym in his own car."

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