Student or Learner
In many places in China, a/the bicycle is still a poplar means of transportation.
Do both words work? please.
... or the plural (but without an article): '...bicycles are a popular means of transport'.
I consider it wrong to stop learners using a form that native speakers can, and do, use.
Out of curiosity, what makes you say that "a bicycle is still a popular means of transportation" is correct? In my opinion using 'the' would be much more correct, and in order to use 'a bicycle' it'd be more sensible to write "it is still a popular means of transportation to use a bicycle."
PS Besides, your suggesed version is pleonastic. [ A means] = [a bicycle] => 'to use' is redundant. People do say this sort of thing, but that's no reason to regard it as good practice - or indeed to call it 'sensible'.
Last edited by BobK; 24-Feb-2011 at 15:52. Reason: Added PS