Posted by Li Yar on December 06, 2005
In Reply to: Re: "Catch a bus" and "take a bus" posted by James Briggs on December 06, 2005
: : : Is there any difference between "catch a bus" and "take a bus" ? Anything to do with the bus going out of town or travelling within the town itself?
: : : Thanks!
: : Growing up in an urban area, I always took a bus.
: : I would think the two terms could be used interchangeably.
: : Someone could and possibly will discuss the minute nuances of the differences between the two phrases.
: Bruce, here goes!
: I tend to use the 'catch' variant if I'm about to use a bus - 'I'm off to catch the bus'. The 'take' variant is a little more distant in the future. 'If I decide to go, I think I'll take the bus'(or 'go by bus').
to "catch a bus" is physically quite difficult and requires big arms, whereas to "take a bus" requires dishonest intent and the technical abilities learned in young offenders' institutions.
much better to "travel by bus" or use one.
['catch' is when there is a time-frame contemplated, 'take' is more casual, IMO]