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    Do these three work and have the same meaning?

    In cities, there is public transportation available. But after getting off the trains, we need to walk from the stations to our destinations anyway.

    In cities, there is public transportation available. But after getting off the trains, we need to walk from the station to our destination anyway.

    In cities, there is public transportation available. But after getting off the trains, we need to walk from the station to the destination anyway.
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    Re: we

    I like the second one best. The third is OK. The first seems unnatural, though it may be the most logical, in pairing the plural "we" with multiple destinations.

    I would say "... getting off the train..." as well.

    All of them need to say "there is public transportation..."

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    Re: we

    Hi,

    I'd say "...there are public transport systems...", "...there are public means of transport..." or simply "...there is public transport..." sounds more natural.

    As for the end of the sentences, I personally prefer #2 (we can hardly be at 2 different stations at the same time, even if different transports use different stations).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I like the second one best. The third is OK. The first seems unnatural, though it may be the most logical, in pairing the plural "we" with multiple destinations.
    Most logical but unnatural. Wow.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    All of them need to say "there is public transportation..."
    Sorry. That was my mistake. I've fixed it.

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    #5

    Re: we

    Then what about this:

    ...we need to walk from the station to our destinations anyway.

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    #6

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    It's possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I like the second one best. The third is OK. The first seems unnatural, though it may be the most logical, in pairing the plural "we" with multiple destinations.

    I would say "... getting off the train..." as well.

    All of them need to say "there is public transportation..."
    I didn't see this thread in time to see what it said before it said "there is public transportation" (after the edit). If it said "there is public transport" then that's perfectly acceptable in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Tdol, do you also think the first one is unnatural even though it may be the most logical?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I didn't see this thread in time to see what it said before it said "there is public transportation" (after the edit). If it said "there is public transport" then that's perfectly acceptable in BrE.
    I had typed 'there are' instead of 'there is'. A simple mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    I had typed 'there are' instead of 'there is'. A simple mistake.
    I see, thank you. The information remains relevant though - "public transport" is used far more frequently in BrE than "public transportation".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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