Hello,

Is there a problem with the following sentence?

He went there by bike.

I don't think there is nothing wrong grammatically, but does the sentence sound unnatural?

Do native speakers use a more common, natural expression?

Apple

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apple posted:

Is there a problem with the following sentence?

He went there by bike.

I don't think there is nothing wrong grammatically, but does the sentence sound unnatural?

Do native speakers use a more common, natural expression?

Apple

Hi, Apple,

The sentence is OK; however, the use of such "by"-phrases (where "by" is followed by a singular count noun without an article) are more common with institutionalized means of travel: "by plane," "by boat," "by train," "by taxi."

I think it would be natural to use "He went there by bike" if the speaker wanted to suggest that it was not his own bike that he used, but just a bike. Otherwise, if it was his bike, I would much more naturally use one of these sentences instead:

  • He went there on his bike.
  • He rode his bike there.

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