return ticket on express train / express return ticket

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vincix

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Romanian
What the correct choice, the 1st, the 2nd or both sentences?

1. Could I have an express return ticket, please?
2. Could I have a return ticket on express train, please?

What other ways can I express this?

Thanks
 
  • Salvage

    Senior Member
    USA English
    To my mind, the train is an express train, and the ticket is a return ticket. The ticket is not an express ticket. So, example #2 is the one I would use. That is, express belongs with train. [Aside: an article is needed in front of train - "Could I have a return ticket on an express train?"]

    I'd take exception to "round-trip ticket" because it has no implication of an express train. It's simply about there and back. I envision the example being a situation where the buyer of the ticket is in no hurry to get to the destination, but wants to return as quickly as possible.
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    1. Could I have an express return ticket, please?:cross:
    2. "Could I have a return ticket on express train, please? :cross:

    When buying a ticket, whether single or return, it is essential to say where you want to go to...

    "A return ticket on the Shanghai Express please." (Where the train is known as the "Shanghai Express".)
    or
    "Could I have a Beijing return on the express, please?" (Where the train is simply one of many express trains.)
     
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