In English, we use the verbs drive, ride, go and take to talk about travel. These verbs are often used in specific verb phrases. The best way to learn them is in context in complete phrases.

Ava is going to school.

Seeing as Ava can’t drive, she goes by bike.

It takes her an hour to ride to school, but she enjoys the exercise.

Ava doesn’t like taking the bus because it’s always so crowded.

Sometimes her mother drives her.

She enjoys riding in her mother’s car.



  • Use go when we don’t say how we travelled from one place to another.
Ava is going to school.
  • If you want to say how you got from one place to another, just add by + mode of transport.
Ava goes to school by bike, she doesn’t go to school by car.
  • If you walk somewhere, use the expression on foot.
She doesn’t go to school on foot.


  • Use drive when someone knows how to control/operate a car or has a driving license.
Ava can’t drive.
  • Use drive for travel in a motor vehicle, especially when we are controlling it’s movement.
Sometimes, her mother drives her to school.


  • Use ride for travel on a bicycle, or horse when we control it's movements. Use ride or drive for travel on a motorcycle, ride is more common.
It takes an hour to ride to school.
  • Use ride for travel in a vehicle (car, bus, train) when we aren’t controlling (driving) it.
She enjoys riding in her mother’s car.


  • Use take for travel with public transport, we can replace take with ride
Ava doesn’t like taking the bus to school.
Sometimes, the family rides the train to Coney Island, just for fun.

For other uses of take see Take/Bring.