How often do you ride a bicycle or motorbike? Learn some vocabulary for speaking about your bike by doing these exercises.

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Upper intermediate: B2

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I ride on my bicycle a couple of time during these spring and summer because I can do it in my native town. As rule, I go on by bicycle around my town or to near forest or river.

I don't have a motorbike. I prefered my bicycle to go anywhere when I was a student.
Nowadays I don't use it because I have a car and I use it to go to my job. I only use my old bicycle at the weekend when I ride with my childrens around the forest.
We don't forget our helmet.

Hi everybody!
currently I do not have any bike or motorcycle, but when I was younger I used both of them in my travels.
I personally do not think that are secure ways to get around in a crowded city.

Hi
I am working in a shop.Every day I go to work on bicycle. I do this four time a day.I run slowly because I have no helmet and my brakes are weak and don't work exactly.

I ride bike in weekends for do sport.

Hello there, I wonder if you can help me. I'm preparing the CPE exam and I have just come across the word "subtle" in a Word Formation exercise and the right answer is its noun. I decided for "subtleness" but the book suggests "subtlety". Although the first one is less used, Collins dictionary reports it and to me it looks like just a synonim. Would it be accepted at the exam?
Thank you for your attention,
Mariaida

Hello mariaida,

The Cambridge, Macmillan and Longman dictionaries don't have entries for 'subtleness' but do have 'subtlety'. I'm afraid I can't explain why you Collins has it and they do not. It's interesting that when you look up 'subtlesness' is Collins, it takes you to the entry for 'subtle'; yet when you look up 'subtlety', it has its own entry.

In my own experience, I'd say I've seen 'subtlety' much more; in fact, I'm not sure I've ever seen 'subtleness' in use.

The Proficiency exam does accept different answers for a question sometimes, but I'm afraid I can't say for sure whether they would accept 'subtleness' in this particular case.

I hope this helps.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

i ride never

Thank you Kirk, I'll stick with 'subtlety' than, as you suggested.

If I can ask, I actually have another doubt which seems rather tough to solve. I have found, in sentences from Longman ('s - ?) "Corpus" Dictionary and in other quite official contests, expressions like the following

- the restaurant's ambience, the computer's headphones, the software's convenience, etc.

Is it grammaticly correct using a Sasson Genitive with inanimated subjects that don't involve people like, for examle Government, etc.? Would Cambridge examiners accept it?
Thank you for your attention,
Mariaida

Hi again mariaida,

These expressions are correct even though they do break the general rule about the possessive 's normally being used with an animate possessor. As far as I'm aware, there is no way to explain this other than seeing these as phrases that are in common usage. I'm sorry I can't help you more with that.

I have had a handful of students pass the Proficiency in the past few years. My understanding is that this sort of error is not one that is likely to harm your mark very much, if at all, at least in the writing paper. In the Use of English paper, it could potentially be an issue, but I expect that you are unlikely to find this kind of structure there. Again, I'm sorry not be more helpful, but I am giving you my honest opinion.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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