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    cocktail shaker

    Are these sentences natural when you're riding your car and have someone on the phone asking what you're doing at the moment?

    1 I'm rushing into the city to buy a cocktail shaker before the shops close.

    2 I'm heading towards the city to get a cocktail shaker before the shops are closing.

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    #2

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    Number 1 is okay. The present continuous in number 2 doesn't work.
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    #3

    Re: cocktail shaker

    I wouldn't be on my phone if I was driving.

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    Re: cocktail shaker

    We don't "ride a car". You can drive a car if you're the one behind the [steering] wheel. If you're a passenger (not driving), in BrE, we'd just say "... if you're in a car". I believe "riding in a car" is OK in AmE if you're not the driver.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: cocktail shaker

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I believe "riding in a car" is OK in AmE if you're not the driver.
    Yes, it is. Woody Guthrie wrote a song about it:
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    #6

    Re: cocktail shaker

    Don't know whether the OP accidentally omitted "in" your car, or if it needs to be corrected.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 02-Feb-2017 at 11:33. Reason: Fixed typo

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    #7

    Re: cocktail shaker

    I used the term on purpose because I had come across "to ride a car" a few times on facebook. Didn't know it would be wrong.

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    #8

    Re: cocktail shaker

    It works, but it does sound like a slightly odd emergency purchase.

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