Michiko saw one of the new articulated buses, also known as a 'bendy bus', running around in Fukuoka. There are three in service in Fukuoka, and now they operate from the Noko Ferry early in the morning.
In case you are not aware, they are the elongated buses that are in two parts divided by a flexible section in the middle, hence the humorous name. The reason for using such long buses is their bigger capacity, which gives higher revenue during rush hour and greater cost savings over normal sized buses, drivers and fuel.
She really wants to ride on one! Have you ever ridden on one?
Do you seek out new experiences, whether something like this, or going to new shops or restaurants?
Words and usage:
'Hence' is another much shorter way to say 'which is the reason for'. Another example, 'the A team lost the final game, hence the sad faces'.
Other forms and uses can be found at Oxford Dictionaries.
Grammar point: Comparatives
'Bigger', 'higher' and 'greater are all adjective plus 'er' combinations, which say that something is different (perhaps greater or lesser) when compared to another thing.
In this case, the 'other object' is a normal sized bus.
We usually replace the 'er' form with 'more' or 'less' plus adjective, where the adjective has 2 or more similar syllables in its sound. For example, 'fast' has one syllable, hence 'faster', whereas 'beautiful' has three, which is why we say 'more beautiful'.
More explanation can be found at The British Council website.
Practice: Look at the local English information page on the internet, and find a few events that interest you. Compare them to other events you know using the comparatives we talked about above.
Quiz Me! Conversation cards.
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