Buses versus Busses

What is the Difference Between Buses and Busses?


When to Use Buses

Buses can be a noun or a verb.

As a noun, buses is the plural of the word bus, which is a vehicle for transporting groups of people. In information technology, it can also mean a connection hub, like in the phrase universal serial bus.

For example,

  • There is a traffic slowdown on 112th because two buses collided at an intersection.

  • There is always heavy traffic on Interstate 5, even though no buses run on it.

    As a verb, buses is the third person singular present tense form of bus, which means to travel by bus or to transport people by bus. In food service, it can also mean to clear a table of dishes.

    For example,



  • Every day, the district buses children to school even if they live half an hour away.

  • Alisha is concerned with the environmental impact of her commute, so she buses to work four days a week.

    When to Use Busses

    Busses is the third person singular present tense conjugation of the verb buss, which means to kiss. It can also be the plural of the noun buss, where it means more than one kiss.

    For example,

  • “If Alonso busses Margaret in front of me one more time, I’m going to throw a fit!” said Emily.
  • “My dad busses my mom every day when she gets home from work,” said Fred.


    Summary

    Is it buses or busses? Both of these spellings refer to nouns and verbs—but different nouns and verbs.

    Buses is used in the context of transportation.

    Busses is a different words that means kisses.
    What is the plural of bus?

    If you are referring to transportation vehicles, the plural is buses.

    If you are referring to kisses, the plural is busses.


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