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How about this sentence?

The bus driver asked the passenger to get off, but the passenger continued to get on the bus.

I mean getting on the bus is the act of climbing onto the bus. How is it said that he continued to 'get on' the bus rather than stay on the bus?

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BulbulTadaThe bus driver asked the passenger to get off, but the passenger continued to get on the bus.

This sentence is not right. As you say, getting on the bus is the act of climbing on the bus. Because this is viewed as an action with no significant duration, it feels slightly questionable in any case to say "continued to get on", but certainly it cannot be used to mean "stayed on" (assuming that the passenger has already boarded the bus).

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The passenger had already boarded the bus when the driver asked him to get off because his pass would not be valid any longer. Could I say the passenger was seated on the bus?

Now it was reported as the man, the passenger, continued to get on the bus even when the driver told him to get off. Do you mean it couldn't be said as the passenger continued to stay on?

BulbulTadaNow it was reported as the man,....

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Now it was reported that the passenger, a man, continued to stay on the bus even when the driver told him to get off.

Now it was reported that the passenger, a man, remained on the bus even when the driver told him to get off.

Now it was reported that the passenger, a man, refused to get off the bus even when the driver told him to.

AlpheccaStarsHere are some ways to say it

Thanks - stayed on, remained on, refused to get off even when told to. I have been finding something new for me in the example sentences you give.

AlpheccaStarsNow it was reported that the passenger

Instead of the conjunction that, I used as because I wanted to tell in what words had it been reported. Do mean as is still not acceptable? Now it was reported as the man continued to get on the bus even when the driver told him to get off.

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BulbulTadaThe passenger had already boarded the bus when the driver asked him to get off because his pass would not be valid any longer. Could I say the passenger was seated on the bus?Now it was reported as the man, the passenger, continued to get on the bus even when the driver told him to get off. Do you mean it couldn't be said as the passenger continued to stay on?

If the passenger has stepped onto the platform of the bus, and has presented his pass to the driver, but has not yet sat down, then it could be argued that the act of "getting on" is not yet complete, and so "continued to get on" may just about be possible. If the passenger has entered the body of the bus and taken his seat, "continued to get on" is impossible.

BulbulTadacontinued to stay on

You do not need to say this, as word "stay" already contains the idea of continuing to do something. Just say "stayed on (the bus)".

GPYthen it could be argued that the act of "getting on" is not yet complete, and so "continued to get on" may just about be possible.

Yes I agree, and this explains this too. The elderly passenger, a man, must have had barely climbed up the stairs and the driver must have been trying to get the man off the bus because as the driver said his bus pass had expired and it could not have been used even for another ten minutes! But the passenger, the man in his 70s, continued to get on the bus and sit down. But the driver wouldn't move on till the passenger had got off. The delay enraged a young man, another passenger, and he picked up the elderly man's walking aid and hat and threw them off the bus onto the pavement. The victim got off the bus, picked up his items and was trying to step back on the bus when the offender sadly kicked the elderly man in his stomach causing him to fall back onto the pavement and bang his head. He suffered a cut to his head. Two boys who were present there came rushing and helped the man to his feet. Police are appealing to public to identify the attacker based on his CCTV image.

GPYJust say "stayed on (the bus)"

Clear. Thanks.

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