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Riding the Taxi
In this lesson we’ll take a look at using another popular form of transport: a taxi.
The simplest way to say where you want to go in a taxi is to use the word ‘to’ followed by a destination. In this lesson, we’ll use Big Ben, the famous clock tower in London, as an example. So, to tell a taxi driver where you want to go, you say: “To Big Ben, please.”
This is the most basic, and easiest, way of expressing where you would like to go. But let’s make this a bit more challenging by using a longer sentence!
You can also say: “Could you take me to Big Ben, please?” By making the request using a question, you will sound politer.
Let’s look at the components. The first words ‘could you’ are used to make a request, ‘take me’ is the next part, followed by your destination, which in this case is ‘to Big Ben’. So, altogether, we have: “Could you take me to Big Ben, please?” You’ll most likely get a better response by asking this way, since it sounds politer.
Another helpful phrase if you’re using a taxi is: “Could you drop me off here, please?” This phrase will allow you to get out of the taxi wherever you want. Once again, we have the question form ‘could you’ and then the phrasal verb ‘drop off’, which means ‘to leave’. The taxi driver would be leaving you at your destination for example. By adding ‘me’ in between ‘drop’ and ‘off’, it makes it clear that you want to get out of the taxi.
You also have to add ‘here’ at the end when you reach your destination. And ‘please’ helps keep the sentence polite.
Finally, you have to pay the driver! In this situation, a helpful phrase is: “Do you have change for £20?” If your fare is low – for example, less than £10 – then paying with a £20 note could be difficult, as the driver might not have change. If you know that the fare will be low, but you only have big notes, it’s best to ask ‘do you have change for £20?” before you get into the taxi.
Okay, to close out this lesson we’d like you to practice what you’ve just learned. I’ll provide you with the phrase, and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So good luck!
- To Big Ben, please
- Could you take me to Big Ben, please?
- Could you drop me off here, please?
- Do you have change for twenty pounds?


Alright! That’s going to do it for this lesson. Bye!