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hirashin

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I'm still grading the exam papers.

Do you ever say "I rode a taxi to work" instead of "I took a taxi to work"?

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Short answer is yes. I would say it also sounds as natural as the latter.
 

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Thanks, OoTmaster. I didn't know you can use "ride" in this case while I know you can say "I rode a bike" or "She rode a horse" etc... Can you use "ride" to any vehicles?
 

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Your original question: I would only use "take".

I'm not sure, but I doubt I've ever said, "I rode a taxi," or some version of that. Maybe something like, "When I was riding home in a taxi last nite, I saw an accident at ~." Or, "When I was riding home in a taxi last nite, I got sick and ~ ." ;)
 

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I would also be more likely to use take/took as opposed to ride/rode but I would use ride/rode as well. As for your question about rode I would say normally if you are the driver you would say drove as opposed to rode but if you are a passenger you would be more likely to use rode. "How did you get to work this morning?" "I rode with Harry he lives near me so it wasn't out of his way."
 

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Do you ever say something like "I rode a train to New York" or "I rode a bus to Central Station" etc...?
 

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Yes. Although my personal preference and probably the preference of many others would be to say took instead of rode.
 
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