Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Where Is This Bus Going To?

SCENARIO
Imagine you are talking to relative, a friend or a colleague. It could even be a complete stranger you meet at the bus stop/ station. You are both looking at the same bus and the other person feels the need to ask you: "where is this bus going?

The other person could choose to be a bit less formal and just say:
¿Adónde va este autobús?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be a little bit more formal and say:
Perdón, por favor, ¿adónde va este autobús?



OUR TIP

You DO NOT need be concerned about the degree of formality in the question you are asked. Whether the other person uses the more/ less formal question is almost irrelevant to your choice of answer. Your answer depends mainly on what you want to say.

There are many different ways in which you could reply. Maybe you would like to reply saying that:
    • You don't know where this bus goes
    • The bus goes to a specific destination:
      • Another town/ city
      • Another area of the town/ city you are in

Here are some examples which deal with those basic possibilities (assuming you are in Barcelona):
  • No sé a donde va este autobús (I don't know where this bus goes)*
  • Este autobús va a Madrid (this bus goes to Madrid).
  • Este autobús va a la Barceloneta (this bus goes to Barceloneta-an area of Barcelona).
*NB In this case you could choose a more formal way to reply:
  • Lo siento, pero no sé a donde va este autobús (I am sorry, but don't know where this bus goes).

Now you should practice answering the question:
¿Adónde va este autobús?

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