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    Lightbulb Is this sentence correct?

    Hello Friends,

    I would like to know if the usage of 'got down' in the below sentence is correct. I would also like to know if we can use 'caught' instead of 'took' in this sentence.

    Sentence: We took a taxi from the air port and my friend Tom got down at the next bust stop.


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    #2

    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    No. He got out at the next bus stop.

    Note that "airport" is one word, not two.

    In my opinion, "caught" doesn't work with taxis. In BrE, we "get a taxi". You can also take a taxi or, if you call for one by telephone to come to pick you up, you book a taxi or call a taxi. The use of the word "cab" is very common in the UK too, as well as "taxi".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    We
    took
    a taxi from the
    airport
    and my friend Tom
    got out
    at the next bus
    t
    stop.

    (Please read the above as if it were written all on the same line.)


    You could say 'We hired a taxi' but not 'caught'. You catch a bus or a train as they have regular schedules.

    You get out of a car/cab/taxi and get off a bus/train.

    You only get down from something you've previously climbed up into or onto, like a tree/horse/table.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    In America, you can catch a taxi. Particularly in the kind of situation where it is not pre-arranged, but you flag one down in the street or just know they are there. Like at an airport.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    In the UK, if you flag a taxi down in the street (which is illegal in some cities), we say that we "hail a taxi" or "hail a cab". If the taxi is waiting at a taxi rank (the line of taxis which wait in officially designated areas), we just "get a taxi".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    "Hail" or "get" also work in those situation. But people do say "I'll catch a cab..." For instance:

    How to Catch a Cab in NYC | eHow.com

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    #7

    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    I'm trying to think if I've ever "caught" a taxi, and I don't think so. So Dave's use might be regional.

    We got a cab, we hailed a cab, we found a cab, we snagged a cab (that would be one passing on the street), we took a cab... there are probably more.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Thank you. You have explained it very clearly and in detail.

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