In the past, I may have referred to "missing a stop," or "missing the stop." This does not mean that yesterday was not the first time I ever "missed my stop."
|"Interesting. Now try it without the quadruple negative."|
"Missing a stop" means that I had no idea that I was even near where I was supposed to get off, so I got off ten blocks too early, or too late, or something of the kind. Alternately, it means that the stop is supposed to be there but the sign is gone, as in, "It looks like the 200 is missing a stop today."
"Missing the stop" means that I knew approximately where I was supposed to get off, but I miscalculated the placement of the specific stop and either watched it go by (due to my unwillingness to pull the cord at the wrong time) or realized only in retrospect that we had passed the stop I didn't yet know I wanted twenty feet before I pulled the cord.
"Missing my stop" is something else entirely. It means that, even though I get off at the same station every day on my way home from work, and even though I knew that I was going to have to switch trains when I got on the Green Line train in the first place, I didn't get off the train when I should have and I ended up in West Valley.
Ach. I needed a change of scene.