I used to get on <the><a> bus and position myself

JJXR

Senior Member
Russian
Hello to all,

Thanks for reading my post.


Source:

I no longer recognise the Britain I grew up in | This is Money

Sample sentence:

As I grew up into someone who liked trying to learn languages, I used to get on <the><a> bus and position myself near a foreign language-speaker to see if I could make out what they were saying.

Question:

"The" is used in the original. As I see it, the author is talking about one of the many buses. So, why not "a"?


Thanks a lot for any comments, corrections or suggestions!

Regards,
JJXR
 
  • Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    It's "the bus" because he seems to be talking about the specific bus which he normally takes on his daily commute.
    It's the same with "I'm going to the supermarket / the bank / the post office".
     
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