Can the expression "by the bus" be used to specify how I go home when it is the only method to be used?

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    "probably duplicates one or more"? Every question "probably duplicates one or another, on one or the other resources online" :)
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    Jan 16, 2013 at 7:23
  • user35828 Try to understand the difference between "Take a bus" and "Take the bus".
    – Kris
    Jan 16, 2013 at 7:23
  • Question is answered in “By the bus” or “on the bus” and similar questions in "LINKED" section in sidebar. (123 4) Jan 16, 2013 at 7:27
  • I read "by the bus" as "near to the bus", but that could be just me.
    – Mr Lister
    Jan 16, 2013 at 7:28
  • possible duplicate of "By foot" vs. "on foot"
    – tchrist
    Jan 16, 2013 at 8:16

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If there is just one way to reach your home, then I could get there

  • by bus
  • on the bus
  • using the bus

If you needed to tell me which bus I needed to catch by quoting a route number, then it would be usual to include the article -- "by the 64 bus".


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