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    #1

    ride / ride on

    Hello!

    I'd be very grateful if anyone could tell me if there's any difference between the sentences below:

    Can you ride a bike?
    Can you ride on a bike?

    Have you ever ridden a camel?
    Have you ever ridden on a camel?

    Why do we need 'on' here?

    Thank you!

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    Re: ride / ride on

    To me "ride on" suggests you were a passenger, rather than controlling the bike/camel. Some years ago in Rajasthan I rode a camel in the desert (after learning how to do it), my wife rode on the camel, behind me.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 03-Dec-2010 at 20:35. Reason: Correction

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