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Bicycles and motorbikes

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 never

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
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I ride bike in weekends for do sport.

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.

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.

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.

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 ride my bicycle every weekend around my city in the countryside about thirty kilometres. And then I put my track on strava.com for analysis.

I used to ride bicycle once/twice per week to go to shopping mall and gym near by my house. I really love to bike. I prefer riding bicycle than taking public transports like MRT, Bus. :-)

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