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I need to say that something has been happening for several bus stops. What is the most natural way to do it?

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  • If you want to say something has been occurring for several non-regular intervals of time, the most natural would be whatever the interval marker is. Thus, I would say exactly that: something has been happening for several bus stops. For regular intervals, well, anything that is readily converted would work— 1 min = 3000 hummingbird wing beats, say, or 10 billion years = 72 hundredths of the age of the universe. – choster Dec 4 '15 at 22:34
  • When our children were little they found it difficult to understand a certain number of days. Was two and a half days a short or a long time? So we would express it to them in the number of sleeps they would have. Three more sleeps before we go on holiday. That seemed to provide them with the grasp they needed. – WS2 Dec 4 '15 at 22:42
  • "He's been doing that for the last three stops; It's annoying. I wish he would stop." – Jim Dec 5 '15 at 4:52
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Normally we'd say

The passenger in the red hat boarded the bus three stops back.

or

I'm getting off in three more stops.

or

The bus has been shaking weirdly for a few stops.

We wouldn't include the word "bus".

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