ride a slide [water slide]

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FairVerona

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Russian
Hello,

Is it Ok to use 'ride' when talking about slides at a water park?

- Look over there! I'd never dare ride that slide - it's too steep!
We spent a good 3 hours riding that green slide.

Thanks!
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    AE might differ but in BE, it would more likely be "Look over there! I'd never dare [to] go on that slide - it's too steep!"
     

    FairVerona

    Member
    Russian
    Thanks, PaulQ! I'm looking for a verb to talk about the activity of going down slides... Would you say "do you enjoy going on water slides?"
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    "Yes".

    "ride a slide" sounds strange, perhaps because of the -ide sounds, which is why nobody says "I slide on the slide."

    A ride also indicates that there is something to carry you - you ride on a horse/bike/scooter/plane/ roller coaster, ride in a car, on top of a wagon, etc.

    On a slide, you don't ride on anything; you go down on your own.
     
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