This bike will sway when "in operation"?

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EdisonBhola

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Korean
Hi all, I have this sentence in mind:

"This bike will sway from side to side when in operation."

My doubt is whether it is correct to use the expression "in operation" in place of "being ridden". I think "in operation" sounds better but I'm not sure if "in operation" can be used to describe a bike as opposed to machines.

Thank you!
 
  • ewie

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    English English
    Hullo EB. I find in operation for a bike rather odd: bikes aren't exactly operated. You could always say when in use:)
     

    se16teddy

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Yes, "the machine is in operation" rather suggests that the machine is in a sense working autonomously - without the second-by-second human intervention that is typical of a bicycle.
     

    EdisonBhola

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Is it correct to say "This bike will sway from side to side when being ridden"? Or should I use "when riding" instead? I think "being ridden" is correct because the bike cannot ride itself; it is ridden by humans.
     
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