ticket to ride

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ticket to ride

Post by azz » Thu May 18, 2017 8:46 am

a. I have a ticket to ride.

b. I have a ticket to ride with.

Are both these sentences correct and do they mean the same?

Does one ride with a ticket?
Does one ride a ticket?

Is (a) really grammatical if we are talking about having a train ticket?
How about (b)?

"I have a key to open the door." is equivalent to "I have a key to open the door with."
Is (a) the equivalent of (b)?

I know the Beatles' song, but this is not a question about that song. It is just a question about the grammar of that sentence if the sentence is really about a bus ticket or something of the sort.

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Re: ticket to ride

Post by Alan » Mon May 22, 2017 3:24 am

It really ought to be something like:

I have a ticket to ride this bus/train.

However, much more natural in any case would be:

I have a ticket FOR this bus/train...