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    "get down", "get off" and "dismount from"?

    Two questions to be solved:

    1. He ______ the bus, and then walked to his office.
    A. got down B. got down from C. got off D. dismounted from

    2. Would you tell me where I should ______ ?
    A. get down B. get down from C. get off D. dismount from

    My answer to 1 is A, B, C and D; and to 2 is A and C.

    I am just a little confused with the four phrases, I having no idea how to choose the correct answer(s).
    Please point out my mistake(s) if there is/are any. And I really need your professional explanations to these two questions.
    Deep thanks to you.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 22-Feb-2015 at 17:46. Reason: Blanks insertion failure (then moderator put in some line breaks)

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    #2

    Re: "get down", "get off" and "dismount from"?

    You can't say "My answer to 1 is A, B, C and D. That's absurd. Do you really think that all four are correct? Would this be a good grammar exercise if that were the case?

    Have you looked up all these words/phrasal verbs in a good dictionary (or even on this forum's Reference section) to see if any of the fit better than the others?

    Even Googling "phrasal verb used with buses" will give you a big clue!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: "get down", "get off" and "dismount from"?

    Is this a homework assignment?

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    Re: "get down", "get off" and "dismount from"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You can't say "My answer to 1 is A, B, C and D. That's absurd. Do you really think that all four are correct? Would this be a good grammar exercise if that were the case?

    Have you looked up all these words/phrasal verbs in a good dictionary (or even on this forum's Reference section) to see if any of the fit better than the others?

    Even Googling "phrasal verb used with buses" will give you a big clue!

    First, thank you so much. According to your suggestions, I looked them up in dictionaries. I don't completely fathom them all, but I got some understandings of them. Sorry, I can't access Google through my network for some reasons.
    1. Get down from can be used with roof, tree, horse, motorcycle.
    2. Get off can be used with bus, car, plane, motorcycle and horse.
    3. Dismount from can be used with motorcycle, horse, tree and helicopter(I saw "dismounted from the helicopter" in an article released on Washingtonpost Website about U.S govenment getting its POWs back from Taliban)
    Are my understaindings correct?
    Last edited by xxwzs; 26-Feb-2015 at 16:42. Reason: Wrong viewpoints

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    Re: "get down", "get off" and "dismount from"?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Is this a homework assignment?
    It's just an excerise. But I have made a few changes with it. In China, students is often asked to reorganize a sentence with a different verb phrase without changing the meaning of this sentence.
    Sir, may I have your opinion about the two questions?

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    Re: "get down", "get off" and "dismount from"?

    Quote Originally Posted by xxwzs View Post
    I am still convinced that B, C and D all function well in No. 1.
    Perhaps you will change your opinion after reading the following.
    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/dismount

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    Re: "get down", "get off" and "dismount from"?

    You cannot dismount from a bus. You can dismount from a horse. You don't sit astride a bus- you'd need to be a superhero to dismount a bus for me.

    Children can ask to get down from the dinner table as a way of asking for permission to leave.

    People get off buses IMO.

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    Re: "get down", "get off" and "dismount from"?

    One would get down from a bus if one was atop the bus. Am I right or wrong?
    'Get down from a bus' sounds like a literal translation from the OP's native language.

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