He began to move to leave the bus.

He begins moving to leave the bus.

I am on the bus now I try to make a sentence to describe someone want to leave the bus.

SO, Should I use present or past? Infinitive or Gerund? Please help.

  • Is "he wants to leave the bus" happening as you're saying this sentence? Dec 27, 2019 at 7:13
  • Yes, he wants to leave the bus, happening as I am saying this.
    – Sdg
    Dec 27, 2019 at 8:41
  • I see him leaving and I want to express this.
    – Sdg
    Dec 27, 2019 at 8:43
  • If you see him leaving as you speak, that's just the present. If you saw him leave in the past, use past tense. Is there something else you're unclear about? Dec 27, 2019 at 10:05
  • So. What is the past and what is present for the sentence. And what is suitable to use infinitive with to or Gerund.
    – Sdg
    Dec 27, 2019 at 17:22

3 Answers 3


I think a more natural way of conveying that idea would be:

He's getting ready to get off the bus.


He's getting up from his seat to leave/get off the bus.


The sense that you want to convey is not completely clear.

Is the person trying to leave the bus and having difficulty, or has the person just begun leaving the bus?

First, "move" is unnecessary because one cannot leave a bus by not moving. So you can say

He is starting to leave the bus


He has started leaving the bus

If you insist "move" in the sentence, you can say

He is starting to move in order to leave the bus


He begins to move...

But this is not natural or normal.

When you are on a bus. Do you say:

A man comes in. The man sits down. The child looks out the window. The woman puts on make up. The child picks her nose ...

Nobody gives a commentary about what is happening as it happens!

Now you might be on a bus and there is a man who wants to get off the bus, You want to help the man and so you tell the driver:

This man wants to leave the bus.

This is a present tense sentence using the "want to +infinitive" structure.

So think: Why are you speaking. Who are you talking to? What do you want to communicate? And this should help you decide How to express yourself in English.

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