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"catch a bus" and "take a bus"

Posted by James Briggs on December 06, 2005

In Reply to: "Catch a bus" and "take a bus" posted by Bruce Kahl 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').