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Here are some sentences on the same theme I'd like you to check.
I included a few sentences on reading habits and a few words I don't know if they exist.

1) Is the verb "punch" correct in the sentence: Punch your ticket (check), then go on the platform.
2)I usually travel to school by bus. I buy a season ticket (or a monthly pass)
which allows me to travel at a cheaper price (?). As I have a student card, I'm granted a 10%-reduction on normal fares.
3) A flight can be delayed two hours (or for two hours?).
4) You've never been to France, have you?
5)British teenagers like reading fantasy (or fantashy books?), science fiction, mystery, horror and romance.
6) They like reading magazines about PC gaming, music and lifestyles of celebrities.
7) On the internet they can find all types of reading material including news stories, fiction (?), weblog, discussion groups and message boards.

  • English -

    If terms are used differently in Europe, I hope someone else will add comments.

    The word "punch" is correct, but in the US, passengers do not punch their own tickets!! The conductors on the trains do that to make sure passengers on the train have paid their fare.

    A "season ticket" is something you'd buy for a whole season's worth of ball games (baseball, soccer, football, whatever). For a bus or train, you'd buy a monthly or annual pass.

    Delete all in parentheses, and everything else will be fine.

  • English -

    "Punching your own ticket" is done in France where for some trains there are machines (blue from memory) where you validate your own ticket. There are similar machines for the TGV which print on the ticket.

    In the UK many rail and underground stations now have barrier where you insert the ticket which is validated ("punched") before the barrier will open. The ticket is not physically punched but the magnetic strip on the ticket is written to.

    In Australia (Melbourne) the ticket is valid for a set period which starts when the ticket (a card) is "punched" by presenting it to a reader.

    While I do hear the term "punched" referring to manual vlidation of a rail ticket by the guard on a UK train, I think it is used less because tickets are no longer punched or clipped with a hole.

    Hope this is useful!

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