Language Tips

nouns for means of travel

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Liz Potter
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In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips explores the words and phrases we use to describe movement. This week’s tip looks at nouns that mean a journey and show the type of transport used:



flight a journey by plane:

  • My flight was delayed.
  • The flight to Heathrow took two hours.

drive a journey in a car:

  • It’s a 30-mile drive to the hospital.
  • We went for a drive in Jack’s new car.
  • The hotel is ten minutes’ drive from the airport.

crossing a journey by boat:

  • This was my first transatlantic crossing.
  • The crossing to Orkney was rough (it was windy and the waves were high).

ride a journey on a horse or other animal, on a bike or motorcycle, or in a vehicle:

  • Michelle let me have a ride on her horse.
  • a donkey ride
  • a two-hour bike ride
  • We went for a ride in a helicopter.
  • The ride in the taxi was hot and bumpy.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘journey‘.

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