play the roller coaster


Senior Member
Chinese - Mandarin

We took our kid to the amusement park today. We saw the roller coaster, I asked my kid: "Do you want to take a ride, do you want to play the roller coaster?"

Is it correct to say "play roller coaster" here?

Thank you.
  • ridgemao

    Senior Member
    Chinese - Mandarin
    If I wanted to ask my daughter whether she wanted to go playing in the Ferris Wheel? I think I should not say "Do you want to play the Ferris Wheel? " But what should I ask here?

    Thank you again.


    Senior Member
    American English
    Roller coasters and Ferris wheels and the like are considered "rides," so we generally use "ride" as our verb. Sometimes you'll hear "go on," e.g. "Do you want to go on the roller coaster?" or "Do you want to ride the roller coaster?"


    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    It may just be a BE variation, but I wouldn't use "ride" as the verb in this context. I'd say "Do you want to go on..."
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