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    #1

    get on a train long time

    Hello.

    One of my students wrote in her writing assignment:

    1. I visited my uncle in Hokkaido last year.
    2. I have to get on a train long time to go there.
    3. I enjoyed skiing there with my family.
    4. It is difficult for me to do.
    5. But I thought I want to do again.

    #2 should be:
    "I had to ride a train for a long time to go/get there."

    Am I correct?
    (#5 is questionable. I'd like to ask a question about it later.)

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    #2

    Re: get on a train long time

    'I had a long train ride to get there.'

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    #3

    Re: get on a train long time

    It took a long time to get there on the train.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: get on a train long time

    Thank you, Rover and ems, for the natural English expressions.
    Does "ride a train for a long time" sound unnatural?

    Thank you again.

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    #5

    Re: get on a train long time

    In BrE, yes, it sounds unnatural. We don't use the phrase "ride the train/bus".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: get on a train long time

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello.

    One of my students wrote in her writing assignment:

    1. I visited my uncle in Hokkaido last year.
    2. I have to get on a train long time to go there.
    3. I enjoyed skiing there with my family.
    4. It is difficult for me to do.
    5. But I thought I want to do again.

    #2 should be:
    "I had to ride a train for a long time to go/get there."

    Am I correct?
    (#5 is questionable. I'd like to ask a question about it later.)
    For #5, "But I thought I'd like to do it again" is better.

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    #7

    Re: get on a train long time

    4 might be better in the past tense. In 5, you could use I think I'd like... too.

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    #8

    Re: get on a train long time

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In BrE, yes, it sounds unnatural. We don't use the phrase "ride the train/bus".

    Yet another thing I've learned here. That's entirely normal sounding to me.
    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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    Re: get on a train long time

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Yet another thing I've learned here. That's entirely normal sounding to me.
    To me as well.

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    #10

    Re: get on a train long time

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    2. I have to get on a train long time to go there.
    3. I enjoyed skiing there with my family.
    Note the potential ambiguity here. If this was meant to be a story rather than a list of discrete sentences, the effect could be "I thought the train journey to Hokkaido was too long, but I enjoyed skiing there with my family." That is, 'there' can mean "at Hokkaido" or "to Hokkaido".
    Just an observation.

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