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    I used to get a ride on a merrygoround swan - is it acceptable?

    Hello everybody!

    Despite being 53 years old, I still feel like getting a ride on the merrygoround. Since it is forbidden for grown-ups to ride the merrygoround, all I can do is remember the times when I used to get a ride on a merrygoround swan.
    Is the last sentencje acceptable, especially regarding the swan?

    Thank you.

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    Re: I used to get a ride on a merrygoround swan - is it acceptable?

    The word is usually hyphenated as merry-go-round. You will also seem them called carousels.

    Usually we just say 'ride the merry-go-round/carousel', or 'take a merry-go-round/carousel ride'.

    However, unless it's a small-sized one, usually adults can still ride them.

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    #3

    Re: I used to get a ride on a merrygoround swan - is it acceptable?

    What about riding in a swan?

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    Re: I used to get a ride on a merrygoround swan - is it acceptable?

    Possibly. It depends on whether it's one that you sit on top of to ride, or the style that's like a small car or boat, where you set on a bench inside it.

    If it's the latter, then you could say 'ride in'. Otherwise, you'd be riding on a swan.

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    Re: I used to get a ride on a merrygoround swan - is it acceptable?

    In NYC's Central Park we have a fabulous carousel and adults are permitted. I don't know if they have a swan.

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    Re: I used to get a ride on a merrygoround swan - is it acceptable?

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    In BrE we can also call a merry-go-round a roundabout.
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...ish/roundabout

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    Re: I used to get a ride on a merrygoround swan - is it acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Usually we just say 'ride the merry-go-round/carousel', or 'take a merry-go-round/carousel ride'.
    In BrE at least, you can also go on a merry-go-round.

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    Re: I used to get a ride on a merrygoround swan - is it acceptable?

    I generally associate "roundabout" with the small piece of playground equipment for young children, like THIS.

    I would call the fairground ride or the ride you sometimes find during street festivals or on the seafront (like THIS) either a merry-go-round or a carousel.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I used to get a ride on a merrygoround swan - is it acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would call the fairground ride or the ride you sometimes find during street festivals or on the seafront (like THIS) either a merry-go-round or a carousel.
    Ah, youth. They were roundabouts when I went on them in the late 1940s and very early 1950s, and still roundabouts when my offspring went on them in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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    Re: I used to get a ride on a merrygoround swan - is it acceptable?

    Does anyone remember them being called "prancers"? such as "Can I have a ride on the prancers?" Traditionally I think they were the horses on a roundabout which were in a raised position, with back hooves on the ground, front ones in the air.

    However, I remember it being used about the roundabout as a whole (with horses only).

    (See MissHedgepenny's comment here)
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