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    ride vs drive

    Here's an extract from a dictionary

    #1 ''ride a bus American English
    Ann rides the bus to work.
    ! To talk about someone controlling a car or other vehicle, use drive not ride: Lizzy drove the van and we kids rode in the back.''

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    #2 "3 [+ obj] chiefly US : to travel over or on (a road, railway, trail, etc.) in a car, on a train, on a bicycle, etc.
    ▪ He spends hours riding the back roads in his truck. ▪ riding the rails ▪ We rode the bike trails for hours.'

    In the second extract there's a sentence "He spends hours riding the back roads in his truck." which contradicts information given in the first one "! To talk about someone controlling a car or other vehicle, use drive not ride." If a man rides the roads in his car he's most likely the driver and not a passanger. Could you give me advice on this use of the verb "ride"?
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    Re: ride vs drive

    He's driving his truck. He's riding (on) the roads. The object of the verb is different.

    To say someone was riding the roads is not a very common, everyday thing. It seems more of a poetic use to me.

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    Re: ride vs drive

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Here's an extract from a dictionary

    #1 ''ride a bus American English
    Ann rides the bus to work.
    ! To talk about someone controlling a car or other vehicle, use drive not ride: Lizzy drove the van and we kids rode in the back.''
    A motorcycle is also a vehicle. The correct word for this vehicle is "ride".
    In AusE, "ride" is not common for "drive", but is used a lot for passengers, eg. "Can you give me a ride?"

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