"I use a taxi."
I understand that "use" is つかいます、but wouldn't "ride" のります be equivalent in the case of taxis, trains, subways etc?
Yes. We use both. "use" is つかいます, "ride" is のります. We use "use" and "ride" in the same way for both words
We can use 'use' instead of 'ride' like this conversation. "Which do you 'ride' a taxi or a train?" "I 'ride' the train, because it is punctual."
We think it means ride the car when we hear 'use the car'
タクシー を つかいます
タクシー に のります
つかう is a transitive verb while のる is an intransitive verb
So it's like you can't "ride the taxi" in Japanese, you "ride on the taxi"?
The transitive/intransitive logic is pretty much similar in the sense that the combinations of verb and object are divided mainly into two categories.
- direct object + を + verb
- indirect object + some particle (に・で・へ, etc, even を) + verb
However, keep in mind that if a verb in transitive in English, it does not necessary mean that it is transitive in Japanese (and any other languages e.g. French, German, Chinese)
Oh, it told me タクシーをのらいます was wrong for this one. It wants つかいます
I think that to use 'つかう' is better, because the word is 'use'. And if you use ’のる’, ’のらいます’ is not correct but 'のります'.
go for it! :D
There is an error. I did not get つかいます as an option, but I got as an answer つかう