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  1. to ride in a limousine
  2. to ride a limousine

I'm wondering if the above phrases make sense grammarly?

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    Please explain your doubts Apr 22, 2021 at 18:26

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Both phrases make sense, but they imply somewhat different things.

Using the verb "ride" by itself (without "in") usually implies riding on top of something, whereas "ride in" implies riding inside of something, so "to ride a limousine" rather conjures up images of somebody riding on the roof of a limousine, not sitting inside it.

The exception to this rule is that in English (for some reason) we do tend to use just "ride" (without "in") for riding inside certain types of vehicles, such as "ride the bus" or "ride the train". I think this is generally only true for mass-transit vehicles, though, and may also have something to do with whether it's possible to stand up while riding or not.

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    Some varieties of English! As a British English speaker , I would never think of saying 'ride the bus/train' - I would say 'go/travel by bus/train'. Apr 23, 2021 at 7:52
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    I agree with @KateBunting. I would not use ride at all with a vehicle, other than a bike or motorcycle. Ride in a train is nearly as unidiomatic to me as Ride a train.
    – Colin Fine
    Oct 6, 2021 at 16:54
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    Yes, at least in the UK you ride a horse or a bicycle, you don't ride a limousine.
    – Stuart F
    Oct 4, 2022 at 12:45

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