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I was looking through a pamphlet recently when I found this phrase...

'Riding the airplane and taking the train are both ways to travel, but they have differences'

I thought 'ride' was only used to describe moving on a horse or bicycle....is it possible to use it for airplanes?

If so, then how about cars and trains?
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We can definitely ride the train. We sometimes go for a ride in a car, but I'm not sure I would ever say "I rode my car", unless I were surfing on top of it. Riding an airplane sounds kind of strange to me; I would say take or travel by.
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I'd say I'm riding my plane only if I were the pilot (and of a small one to boot), but it seems to be a wider usage than that:

THE LIMITS OF RISK; From Apples to Terrorism, Governments Try to ...

''People face risks all the time, whether they're riding a plane or eating a grape,'' he said. ''These incidents simply remind us of our vulnerabilities. ...
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JKBelieveI was looking through a pamphlet recently when I found this phrase...

'Riding the airplane and taking the train are both ways to travel, but they have differences'

I thought 'ride' was only used to describe moving on a horse or bicycle....is it possible to use it for airplanes?

If so, then how about cars and trains?
For no logical reason, we simply don't use "ride" with planes.
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