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Traffic

Post by Stevenloan » Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:34 am

Hi guys! When there's too much traffic on the street and we cannot move our cars, we usually say "traffic jam". Are there other common phrases to describe this situation?

Your answers will be greatly appreciated.

StevenLoan
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Re: Traffic

Post by Erik_Kowal » Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:44 am

The traffic is gridlocked, in gridlock, bumper-to-bumper, at a standstill, snarled up or backed up. Quite simply, it isn't moving.
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Post by trolley » Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:28 pm

The "go-to" phrase on our local news stations seems to be "traffic congestion". They talk of certain areas of the city that are congested. Another phrase is "heavy traffic". When traffic is moving slowly because of volume (usually the morning commute to work or the evening return from work) it can be said to be creeping or crawling. The most aggravating kind of traffic is the kind where you are stopped in the road for several minutes. Just as you are considering shutting the vehicle down, the line moves forward a few car lengths and then stops again. Rinse and repeat. This is called "stop and go" traffic.
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Re: Traffic

Post by Stevenloan » Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:30 am

Erik and trolley : Thank you both very much for your help. The phrases you provided are really useful.

StevenLoan
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