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    Flight From San Francisco To Seattle

    I have a question about the usage of "flight" here:

    ON Monday, June 17, at 6:30 a.m., Robin Wolaner boarded a flight from San Francisco to Seattle.
    It appears that "flight" here means an airplane.

    Since most people don't write:
    an airplane from San Francisco to Seattle
    ,but write instead:

    an airplane flying/going from San Francisco to Seattle

    Would adding "flying" to the original example, like this:
    ON Monday, June 17, at 6:30 a.m., Robin Wolaner boarded a flight flying from San Francisco to Seattle.
    be better?

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    Re: Flight From San Francisco To Seattle

    You just say: board/take a flight from X to Y.

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    Re: Flight From San Francisco To Seattle

    The original sentence is correct and natural.

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    Re: Flight From San Francisco To Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    Would adding "flying" to the original example be better?
    Not to me- what does it add as we already know that flights fly?

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    Re: Flight From San Francisco To Seattle

    May I say that it adds redundancy?

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    Re: Flight From San Francisco To Seattle

    Since most people don't write:

    an airplane from San Francisco to Seattle


    You are arguing facts not in evidence. Most people would say that exact thing.

    This same question came up last week about a boat to somewhere. Was that you asking that question?

    This is indeed natural. We don't have to say that a plane is flying. People know that.

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    Re: Flight From San Francisco To Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    I have a question about the usage of "flight" here:



    It appears that "flight" here means an airplane.

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    I have noticed that some people in India tend to use the word 'flight' to refer to any airplane (not only a scheduled airline flight).

    I did a quick search on thefreedictionary.com and it gives many meanings of the word 'flight', and one of them is:
    A scheduled airline run or trip into space: Example - the 7:00 flight to New York; the next flight of the space shuttle.

    Later (below on the page), it says:
    an airplane making a scheduled trip

    If it is referring to an airplane making a scheduled trip, is it correct when some people say 'the flight fell down'?Usually, I read something like 'the aircraft/plane fell from the sky' or 'the aircraft/plane fell to the earth', but not 'the flight fell from the sky'. So, I take it that - if it says 'the flight fell/crashed', then it is a scheduled run, but if it says 'the aircraft/plane fell/crashed', then it may or may not be a scheduled run.

    It this understanding correct?

    If it is more appropriate I will submit this as a separate question.

    Thank you

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    Re: Flight From San Francisco To Seattle

    Is:

    an airplane from San Francisco to Seattle
    standard English compared to:

    an airplane flying from San Francisco to Seattle
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    Re: Flight From San Francisco To Seattle

    The standard English is "one takes a flight from SF to Seattle " or "one flies from SF to Seattle".
    The word "airplane" is not used much as it is understood.

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    Re: Flight From San Francisco To Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    The word "airplane" is not used much as it is understood.
    And it's 'plane' if it's anything. A child might say 'airplane'. It's also an 'aeroplane', (hmm, that gets a red line under it. But in all normal circumstances, it's a 'plane'.

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