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robjen
Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 3:37:05 AM
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Do my three sentences below mean the same?

(1) I am waiting for the bus to take me home.

(2) I am waiting for the bus to go home.

(3) I am waiting for the bus home.

Because I am not a native English speaker, I cannot figure out whether they convey the same meaning. Please answer my question.

Thanks a million.
Romany
Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 7:55:17 AM
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Well all three are fine - but we would use them in slightly different circumstances: -

If you're standing around and someone says "What are you doing here? I thought you'd left work?" you would explain. Yes, you did leave work half an hour ago; and now you're waiting to take the journey home. No.1 sounds perfectly acceptable here.

If someone says "Why aren't you at home already?" you might answer "I'm waiting for the bus to take me home." You can't walk there, or get there if the bus doesn't come.

If someone rings you and asks "Where are you now?" "I'm waiting for the bus home." would be the right response.
TMe
Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 11:07:57 AM

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Romany opined;

If someone rings you and asks "Where are you now?" "I'm waiting for the bus home." would be the right response. Ok.


Can I say I am waiting for the home bus.

As 'I am waiting for Route no. 32 bus.'

" I am waiting for Parklane bus (not 'the Park lane Bus'."

I am a layman.
Romany
Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 1:35:27 PM
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Yes you could, if you wanted.

Native speakers wouldn't do it though because we're too lazy...the shorter the better. We'd just say we're waiting for the bus. Using "the" bus signals we are not waiting for any random bus and 'home' signals where we're going.

I can't actually imagine anyone being interested in what the number or name of the bus actually is. All they want to know is where we are now. So we leave it out.
TMe
Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 11:59:03 AM

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Thanks Romany.

I am a layman.
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 4:02:43 PM

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All three mean the same, and provide a good example of multiple ways to say exactly the same thing.
The reply I would give if asked a question about my whereabouts is "I'm waiting for the bus".
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