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    #1

    change for the next train or change trains

    Hello all users!

    This morning I watched the news on a Ukranian Channel on TV. There was English text below Ukranian.

    One of the sentences said something to the effect that someone had to change for the next train. That is all I remember. There is no context.

    Which is more correct:

    Someone had to change for the next train.

    or

    Someone had to change trains.

    Thank you.

    P.S.

    Of course, the same applies to buses.

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    Re: change for the next train or change trains

    They both understandable, but the TV version seems a little sketchy to me. I like your way better. Maybe you can get a job writing subtitles!

    And actually, when we change buses in the US, we say "transfer." The driver of the first bus gives us a slip of paper called (can you guess?) a transfer.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #3

    Re: change for the next train or change trains

    I'd use change train/trains.
    Last edited by Tdol; 22-May-2016 at 17:21. Reason: adding the plural

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    #4

    Re: change for the next train or change trains

    That must be some regional dialect or something. For me it is definitely change trains.
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    #5

    Re: change for the next train or change trains

    Maybe it is- I have changed my post to include the plural, but the singular is fine with me.

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    #6

    Re: change for the next train or change trains

    I need retraining.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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