Is it possible to say "I have to take 5 stops by/on bus to get to my school"? meaning: my school is 5 stops away from my home, I get there by bus.

  • Related: Counting stops without ambiguity. – jsw29 Dec 24 '18 at 17:53
  • "My school is five bus stops away." Just like you said, really, and that's exactly how you say it. Don't say that you take stops instead. You don't take the stops, you take the bus. Nobody goes to school by stops in English, just like никто не добирается до школы на пяти автобусных остановках in Russian or whatever the Ukrainian equivalent is, I'm nof fluent in Ukrainian. – RegDwigнt Jan 23 '19 at 16:23

Yes, either are possible. One would usually say, for instance, 'I went by bus', but in some situations (e. g., if you want to emphasize the fact that you went by bus, as opposed to walking or some other form of transportation), it might be appropriate to say 'I went on a bus' (note that the use of the indefinite article is essential).

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  • In London, where there are extensive underground ("Tube") and above-ground railways, people also use the word "stop" to mean "station", and will say e.g. "my journey is three stops by Tube (or train)". – Michael Harvey Dec 24 '18 at 16:08
  • Thanks. But what about the word STOP usage here ? Is "take 5 stops to get there" ok ? – Liliya Ryaboshapko Dec 24 '18 at 16:22
  • I would say "I have to pass 5 bus stops on the way to school", since the stops are not equally distant from each-other. – ghurley Dec 24 '18 at 16:23
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    OK, but you do say " live 5 stops away from school", don't you? – Liliya Ryaboshapko Dec 24 '18 at 18:18
  • @LiliyaRyaboshapko Yes, "I live 5 stops away" sounds fine. The problem is with "I have to take 5 stops." First of all, it's not common phrasing. But, secondly, without the context of how long the bus ride is, it would more commonly be taken to mean that you have to take 5 stops rather than that the bus has to. In other words, that you have to get on and off the bus 5 times in order to run errands (or something). You might instead say something similar to, "I have to travel by/on a bus that makes 5 stops to get to my school." – Jason Bassford Dec 24 '18 at 18:34

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