catch a taxi for home

Discussion in 'English Only' started by HSS, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. HSS

    HSS Senior Member

    Sendai, Japan
    Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
    Hi. I was just wondering if you would say 'catch a taxi for home,' 'flag down a taxi for home,' etc.? I've said something like 'I have to catch a cab to go back home.'

    "Now, go away," Henry told the dog. "I have to catch a bus for home."
    ('Henry Huggins' by Beverly Clearly)
     
  2. Biffo Senior Member

    England
    English - England
    I don't know about American English.

    In BE we would say, "I have to get a taxi home." or "I have to get the bus home."
     
  3. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    We'd also omit the "for". We'd catch (or take, or get) a taxi home.
     
  4. HSS

    HSS Senior Member

    Sendai, Japan
    Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
    So in BE, you wouldn't say 'catch/ get on a bus for home'?
     
  5. Biffo Senior Member

    England
    English - England
    No, we wouldn't.
     
  6. HSS

    HSS Senior Member

    Sendai, Japan
    Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
    How about in AE? Beverly Cleary is an American. Parla is from New York, and said you would omit 'for' with 'taxi.' Would you drop 'for' with 'bus' as well?
     
  7. akhooha Senior Member

    English - USA
    Yes. The "for" would be dropped with a bus as well in AmE. The same goes for plane, boat, ship, raft, jitney, pedicab, rickshaw, palanquin, dogsled, helicopter, glider, travois, bobsled, carriage, stagecoach, or howdah.
    If you're getting it, catching it, or taking it and you're going home, you don't need the "for". Really.
     

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