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    They booked a car through Uber. They didn't book a separate car.

    John and Carter had to go somewhere. They booked a car through Uber. They didn't book a separate car. They booked a shared car. It was a shared trip.

    Please check my sentences.

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    Re: They booked a car through Uber. They didn't book a separate car.

    John and Carter had to go somewhere so they shared an Uber.

    There is absolutely no reason for you to use five sentences to express such a simple idea.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: They booked a car through Uber. They didn't book a separate car.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    John and Carter had to go somewhere so they shared an Uber.

    There is absolutely no reason for you to use five sentences to express such a simple idea.
    They shared an Uber. "A car through Uber" is it wrong to say this? We just have to type the name of the company. "They booked an Uber" is this correct?

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    Re: They booked a car through Uber. They didn't book a separate car.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    They shared an Uber. Is it wrong to say "They booked a car through Uber"? is it wrong to say this? Do we just have to type the name of the company? Is "They booked an Uber" correct? is this correct?
    See above.

    Yes, "They booked an Uber" is correct. "They booked a car through Uber" is grammatically correct but unnecessary.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: They booked a car through Uber. They didn't book a separate car.

    "They booked an Uber" is not correct. Uber is a company not a car. You would not say "They booked a Hertz." or "They booked a Budget Rent a Car.

    The proper sentence would be either "They booked an Uber car" or "They booked a car through Uber."

    I think the last is probably the better choice as in reality Uber drivers usually use their own cars.
    Last edited by Lynxear; 20-Jul-2017 at 02:01.

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    Re: They booked a car through Uber. They didn't book a separate car.

    This American uses "uber" both in place of a car and also as a verb.

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    Re: They booked a car through Uber. They didn't book a separate car.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lynxear View Post
    "They booked an Uber" is not correct. Uber is a company not a car. You would not say "They booked a Hertz." or "They booked a Budget Rent a Car.

    The proper sentence would be either "They booked an Uber car" or "They booked a car through Uber."

    I think the last is probably the better choice as in reality Uber drivers usually use their own cars.

    Is it correct to say "I booked a shared car through Uber" or "I booked an Uber shared car"?

    I am getting confused here. They are saying that "To book an Uber" is correct but you are saying "To book an Uber car" is correct.

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    Re: They booked a car through Uber. They didn't book a separate car.

    Remember that not all native English speakers agree on everything. Lynxear, who said "They booked an Uber" is incorrect, is a native Canadian English speaker so we can extrapolate from that that Lynxear has not heard it used and, possibly, that it is definitely not used in Canadian English. However, you also know from this thread that "They booked an Uber" is commonly used in both British English and by some speakers of American English. In the UK, "They booked an Uber car" would sound unnatural. It would be like saying "They booked a taxi car".

    Despite being a relatively new company and concept, Uber has quickly become such a recognised word that it is being used almost as a form of transport in its own right.

    Q. How are you getting to the airport?
    A. I'm getting the train.
    A. I'm getting the bus.
    A. I'm getting the coach.
    A. I'm getting a cab.
    A. I'm getting a taxi.
    A. I'm getting an Uber.

    (Note that this use of "getting" is very common in BrE. It might well not be used in other variants.)
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    Re: They booked a car through Uber. They didn't book a separate car.

    So, is it correct to say "I share a 'cab' or 'an Uber' or 'an Ola (It's an Indian company)' every day with other passaenger"?

    If I have to say it in present continuous like I am booking a cab but a shared one then what do I need to say "I am sharing an Uber" or "I am booking a shared Uber"?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 20-Jul-2017 at 08:03. Reason: Deleting quote. We didn't need to read it all again, tufguy.

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    Re: They booked a car through Uber. They didn't book a separate car.

    In the US, a shared Uber is called UberPool. The concept is that it is similar to carpooling. When you request an UberPool, you essentially share the ride with other strangers. If you don't want to share your ride, you choose UberX, UberXL, etc.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "every day with other passengers". Do you use Uber every day? Do you share your ride with the same people every day? Remember you don't get the same Uber driver every day. Most likely, you get a different Uber driver every time you request one and if you choose the carpooling option you will meet new strangers every time.
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