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    #1

    I ride a taxi/ I ride in a taxi/ I ride on a bus

    I must not smart at all... ㅠㅜ

    I'm confused 'ride S' with 'ride in/in ST' very much.



    We say

    1. I ride a horse.
    2. I ride on a horse.

    1. I ride a bus.
    2. I ride in a bus.

    1. I ride a subway.
    2. I ride in a subway.


    Are 1 & 2 all same in meaning?
    Last edited by wotcha; 28-Dec-2011 at 16:55.

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    #2

    Re: I ride a taxi/ I ride in a taxi/ I ride on a bus

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    I ride a horse. or just, in the appropriate context, "I ride".
    I ride on a horse. Not very common.

    I ride a bus. OK, but in BrE we usually 'go/come travel by bus/ take a bus'.
    I ride in a bus. Not very natural.

    1. I ride a subway.
    2. I ride in a subway.
    I can't comment on AmE usage. In BrE we normally 'go/come/travel by underground/tube, take the underground/tube'.
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    #3

    Re: I ride a taxi/ I ride in a taxi/ I ride on a bus

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post

    1. I ride a horse.
    2. I ride on a horse.
    They're the same, but #1 is much more natural than #2.

    1. I ride a bus.
    2. I ride in a bus.
    In BrE, we don't "ride" the bus at all. I believe that in AmE, the phrase is "I ride the bus". In BrE, we "go by bus", sometimes "take the bus", or "go on the bus".

    1. I ride a subway.
    2. I ride in a subway.
    Again, in BrE, we don't say "subway" to mean the underground train. We "go on the Tube" or "go on the Underground" or "go by Tube". A "subway" is usually a pedestrian pathway under a busy road or under a railway line, used as an alternative to a bridge for people to get from one side of the road to the other. I think in AmE, they use "I ride the subway" but an AmE speaker will have to clarify.


    Are 1 & 2 all same in meaning?
    See above.

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