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    Smile riding the bus

    Please check the following sentence. Can the word "riding" be replaced by "taking"? Which is better?

    It was a busy morning. There were many commuters riding the bus to school or work in the rush hour.

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    Re: riding the bus

    Hi Ashiuhto

    As an NES, but not a teacher:

    See the following link, which suggests that "rides the bus" is American English vs "takes the bus" which would be more usual for British English.

    Definition of ride from Oxforddictionaries.com
    "chiefly North American travel in (a vehicle or lift):she rides the bus across 42nd Street"

    As a "Brit" I would prefer to ride a horse or a bicycle, but drive a car or take the bus/train

    Hope this helps

    R21
    Apologies: The system won't allow me to paste the link (yet)

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    #3

    Re: riding the bus

    I think I'd simply say 'There were many people on the bus in the rush hour'.

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    Re: riding the bus

    Sorry to butt in, but can the metro/underground be considered "a vehicle"? I mean, can we 'ride the metro?"

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    Re: riding the bus

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Sorry to butt in, but can the metro/underground be considered "a vehicle"? I mean, can we 'ride the metro?"
    As a speaker of BrE, I take the bus/train/metro/underground/ tube/tram/ferry/monorail.

    I also take the subway when I am in America. (In Britain I use a subway to get underground from one side of a road to the other - it's a pedestrian underpass)

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