To describe cars and busses going up and down Fifth Avenue,can I say:" Cars and busses were RIDING up and down Fifth Avenue"?

  • It might be useful if you were writing dialogue and you wanted one character to have a weird manner of speaking. Or it might be off putting.
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    Mar 10, 2020 at 21:04

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It would be a most unusual way of expressing things.

It's people/passengers/travellers/individuals who ride up and down in buses rather than the buses themselves that ride.

Cars and buses conventionally travel/drive/hurry/move/pass (and many more) up and down.

However, it would not be unusual, after test driving a vehicle with heavy suspension or steering, to say that the ride was heavy/uncomfortable or similar, referring to the way that the vehicle handled.

So, you could talk about vehicles riding, and people would understand you, but it would not be idiomatic.

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