1

a. Twice last week, I took a bus full of students.

b. Twice last week, I took buses full of students.

In which case

  1. on each occasion I only took one bus ?

In which case

  1. I took more than one bus on both occasions ?

Which one should I choose if

  1. I took more than one bus on one occasion and one bus on another one ?

Many thanks.

1

a. single bus

b. multiple busses

On the occasion you took one bus, you took a buss full of students. On the occasion you took multiple busses, you took busses full of students.

1

Generally, [a.] would mean you took one bus, multiple times, and in a different context would be valid. like:

Twice last week, I ate a sandwich.

Tells me that there were 2 times last week that you ate 1 sandwich.

I've had tacos 3 times in the last month

Could mean you had one taco one three separate occasions, or had 6 tacos on each of three nights, or anything in between. Aside from detailing your exact dinner plans, this is the only way to express [3.]. It's also the only way I can think of to express [2.].


That said, both

I took buses full of students last week

and

I took a bus full of students last week

Sounds more like you're saying you literally stole the bus(es), and put them somewhere. You'd be understood, but only because people would assume you didn't mean that you physically stole them.

Rather, I'd say:

I took a really crowded bus twice last week.

(this would mean it isn't usually that crowded)


or

The buses I took last week were full of students

( this would mean that riding a bus isn't abnormal for me, but it was abnormal for there to be a bunch of students on it - usually it's non-students) or


or

I took the bus last week, and it was simply packed.


or

I rode a bus full of students twice last week.

(this has the connotation that I don't usually ride buses with students, but last week I did twice)


If you want to emphasize the fact that it was full every time you took it, I'd say something like:

Both times I tried taking the bus last week, it was _____

('completely full', 'packed', 'crowded', 'like a can of sardines', or whatever you're trying to highlight).

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.