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Can you ride a plane?



Yolandaprieto
Spain

Can you ride a plane?
 
That ´s my question. I would say fly a plane but one of my students wrote it and I am not sure whether you can say that in English or not.
 
Thanks in advance
Yolanda

1 Mar 2015      



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Fly a plane, or pilot a plane. That ´s you in the driving seat. Fly on a plane or travel by plane, go by plane, that ´s you as a passenger. I asked my son, ´What ´s it called if you get strapped onto the wings? ´ I ´ve always fancied that. Anyway, that ´s ´wing walking. ´

1 Mar 2015     



spinney
United Kingdom

You might want to ask one of our American colleagues about this one. I ´m pretty sure I ´ve heard something like "I rode the bus to Springfield," or something similar. So, given that context perhaps it might be possible. From a Brit perspective I agree with Lynne although I would add "ride on a plane," too. 

1 Mar 2015     



Yolandaprieto
Spain

Thanks for answering so fast. Sometimes I find it impossible to check things like this anywhere.
 
Yolanda

1 Mar 2015     



jeterinmicipen
Spain

fly a plane

1 Mar 2015     



jeterinmicipen
Spain

fly a plane

1 Mar 2015     



jeterinmicipen
Spain

fly a plane

1 Mar 2015     



redcamarocruiser
United States

I would say you can fly by plane, as Lynne said.
 
Riding on a plane would mean to me that you are sitting on top of the plane (outside of it on the "roof"). 

1 Mar 2015     



alien boy
Japan

Here ´s a pretty good breakdown of ´ride ´ and its many meanings & usages.

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/ride 

To me ´fly a plane ´ means you are the pilot or you are controlling a model/toy airplane.
You could use pilot (as a verb), but that would seem fairly old fashioned to me. A pilot flies the plane. I haven ´t often heard ´pilot a plane ´. Mind you, ´pilot a ship ´ is a phrase I have heard!
 
As a passenger you could ´travel on/in a plane ´,   ´fly in /on a plane ´, ´go on/in a plane ´, or use ´by plane/air ´.

2 Mar 2015     



Zora
Canada

You could say, "They went for a ride in the plane." ...
 
This would probably be used only when you are going for a short flight up in a little propeller type plane though. When I was 5 or so, the kids in my kindergarten went up for a short ride in a crop duster!!! True story! :)
 

2 Mar 2015