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Re: I take "a" bus to school. Vs I take "the" bus to school.
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當然可能說! 例如說我是個美國小學學生, 一般我搭那輛黃的公車. 這裡的"I take the bus to school"是"I take the school bus".

But one more thing! Actually "I take the bus to school" is a special sentence, it is a bit disturbing to demonstrate how the article works.

This is better:

Let's take a bus to London! - Let's go to London by bus!

Let's take the bus to London! - Let's take the bus which goes to London! - Let's take the London bus!

And yes, English must be harder for someone whose mother tongue is any of the Chinese languages... They are so different...


Thanks for the buses and the correction, Yunqing! First I wanted to use 公共汽车, but I don't think anyone would call a bus like this...


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我搭公車去上學.
英語是:I take a bus to school. I go to school by bus. 而不能說I take the bus to school?

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Yeah those are good examples.

"Let's catch the bus" is another common phrase, meaning is similar.

@ Montanius: Actually TW's 公车 comes from 公共汽车, but hardly anyone use the full term now.

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...and I learn now this 搭, I knew only 坐 and 乘。

The problem with the original example is that "to school", it looks like a location, but actually it is not, or just partly, it made it quite complex. I think 上学 or 上下学 is better for it than 去学校。 (I don't know if there is a section here for to school/to the school, to bed/to the bed etc.)

Anyway, how to translate it?...

Let's catch the bus! - 让我们赶上公车把

Let's catch the bus to (the) school! - 让我们赶上公车去学校把

Or how would you say this in everyday life?


Is it correct to say 上学坐的公车 for "the bus that I use for going to school"?





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Yeah those are good examples.

"Let's catch the bus" is another common phrase, meaning is similar.

@ Montanius: Actually TW's 公车 comes from 公共汽车, but hardly anyone use the full term now.

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After some "research", I noticed “去学校” or "上学” seem to be interchangeable, so you're right to point that out.
However, "上学” has more meaning when used in different scenarios.

Let's catch the bus! - 让我们赶上公车把

Let's catch the bus to (the) school! - 让我们赶上公车去学校把

Or how would you say this in everyday life?

YQ: Your translation is not wrong, but any word for word translation would sound unnatural. I think a closer example could be "快上公车吧!"

For my case, I would simply say "公车来了!"

Is it correct to say 上学坐的公车 for "the bus that I use for going to school"?

YQ: Should be correct. If it's a school bus, we simply call it 校车。

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Ah, yes, it sounds better...

Thank You, "YQ"!

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