An ELU post says

Go on a ride suggests having a thrilling experience at a theme park. Go for a ride suggests an excursion on a bicycle, a motor cycle or a horse.

So, I am aware of the concept of 'go on a ride'.

I see an example somewhere

I am feeling very dizzy after going on the ride.

where the speaker used 'the'.

I am aware the rule that 'the' is used when sth/sb has been mentioned. In this case the activity 'go on a ride' indeed had been mentioned though, I guess 'go on a ride' is a fixed combination.


Is it idiomatic to say 'go on the ride'?

  • Whether you use the definite or indefinite article makes no difference whatever to the verb you use - so, yes go on the ride is perfectly idiomatic. Commented Mar 8, 2020 at 8:55

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"Go on a ride" uses an indefinite article because it can apply to any number of different rides. "... dizzy after going on the ride" uses a definite article because it is exactly one ride that has made me dizzy.

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