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    The BUS 35 or Bus 35?

    Is it correct to use the definite article in the following sentence?

    We thought that it would be good to take the bus 23. (or (no article) Bus 23?)


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    #2

    Re: The BUS 35 or Bus 35?

    This might vary among people. The most natural to me is:

    '... to take the 23 bus.'

    Or if it's clear that I'm talking about the bus, I would simply say:

    '... to take line 23.'
    '... to take the 23.'
    '... to take the number 23.'


    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Re: The BUS 35 or Bus 35?

    Thank you, FreeToyinside.)

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    Re: The BUS 35 or Bus 35?

    would it be all right to use "the" before "line 23"? '... to take THE line 23.'

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    Re: The BUS 35 or Bus 35?

    I think not - it's like Room 23 (in a hotel), Unit 5 (in a coursebook), Box 4 (in a theatre).

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    Re: The BUS 35 or Bus 35?

    In BrE, we tend to refer to bus routes by the number of the front of the bus and use either "a" or "the" depending on context:

    I'm going to get a 26 as far as the town centre then catch a 49 the rest of the way.
    I came home on the 50.
    My friend travels to work on the [number] 76 bus.

    For the tube (London Underground), we almost always use the definite article:

    Take the Picadilly line then change onto the Victoria line.
    I'm going to go three stops on the Jubilee line before changing onto the Circle line.

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    Re: The BUS 35 or Bus 35?

    And how would you tell a foreigner that he/she should take a bus (not a tram, for example) with the number 23 (in one short sentence)?
    As you wrote, I can say "Take
    the [number] 76 bus". And can I say "Take Bus 23?"

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    Re: The BUS 35 or Bus 35?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    And how would you tell a foreigner that he/she should take a bus (not a tram, for example) with the number 23 (in one short sentence)?
    As you wrote, I can say "Take
    the [number] 76 bus". And can I say "Take Bus 23?"
    I'd probably say something like "You could go by bus, the number 76 runs every half hour".

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    #9

    Re: The BUS 35 or Bus 35?

    Thanks.)

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    Re: The BUS 35 or Bus 35?

    "Take bus 23" sounds very unnatural.

    Take/Catch a bus, the number 23 goes your way".

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