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ANNE
Does this bus go the University?

BUS DRIVER
Yes miss.

ANNE
How much is that?

BUS DRIVER
Single or day trip?

ANNE
Sorry?

BUS DRIVER
Are you coming back today?

ANNE
Yes.

BUS DRIVER
How long will you be at the university?

ANNE
I’m not sure. An hour perhaps.

BUS DRIVER
A single will do. You can use the same ticket to come back. That’s three dollars, please.

ANNE
How far is it?

BUS DRIVER
Not far. About four kilometres from here.

ANNE
How many stops is it?

BUS DRIVER
About ten.

ANNE
Thankyou
She moves in and sits down.
The bus stops outside the university.

BUS DRIVER
University! This is your stop miss.

ANNE
Oh, thankyou. Where do I catch the bus to go back?

BUS DRIVER
Just across the street. Over there.

ANNE
How often do the buses come?

BUS DRIVER
Every twenty minutes. You won’t have to wait long. It’s 10.30, the next one’s at 10.40, and then 11-o-clock.

ANNE
Thanks. Goodbye.

BUS DRIVER
Have a good day.

Episode 21 - Notes


1. CATCHING BUSES & TRAINS
To find out if a bus or train is going where you want (the beach) you can ask:
Does this bus go to the beach?
ANNE
Does this bus go the University?
 

If you are asking at a station or a bus stop for the bus or train you want, you say:
Which bus goes to the beach?

On the bus or train:
Does this bus go to the beach?

At the station or bus stop.
Which bus goes to the beach?

You will be asked what type of ticket you want.
Single, return or daytrip?
BUS DRIVER
Single or day trip?
 

A single is a one-way ticket. It only takes you to where you are going. It doesn’t take you back again.

A return ticket takes you to where you want to go and back again to where you started.
Some single tickets can be used for a period of time, so you can ask:
How long does the ticket last?
Two hours.

BUS DRIVER
Single or day trip?

ANNE
Sorry?

BUS DRIVER
Are you coming back today?

ANNE
Yes.

BUS DRIVER
How long will you be at the university?

ANNE
I’m not sure. An hour perhaps.

BUS DRIVER
A single will do. You can use the same ticket to come back.
 

A daytrip is a ticket you can use all day and go to a number of places.

To find out what stop or station you need, you ask:
Where do I get off?
   
2. HOW QUESTIONS
Her are some common questions using how.
How long will you be?

This means how much time you will spend doing something.
How long will you be?
About an hour.

BUS DRIVER
How long will you be at the university?

ANNE
I’m not sure. An hour perhaps.
  How long can also ask about the length of something.
How long is this rope?
Three metres.

How long is this box?
It’s eighty centimetres long.
or
Its length is eighty centimetres.
How wide is this box?
It’s forty centimetre wide.
or
Its length is forty centimetres.

How high is this box?
It’s twenty centimetres high.

or
Its height is twenty centimetres.

We don’t ask how high or how long a person is. Instead we say:
How tall are you?
or
What is your height?

You can use how in front of any adjective that can be measured or compared with other things.

How thick are your walls?
How hot is it today?
How interesting is that book?
How sweet is that apple?

Another how question is how often?, which asks about the amount of times we do things.
 
More Information: How Often? Episode 17
   

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