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Intermediate: B1


I have driven in France towns last year, there were many many roundabouts.

i can see pavements , also there are a roundabout and crossroads.

I can see roads near my home and a bus stop where people are waiting for buses, there is no traffic lights despite there is a crossroads, drivers usually adjust to void traffic. Near the bus stop there is a roundabout yet no crossing so walking people are crossing anywhere on the road and that make the road unsafe because there is a high risk of accident to occur.

I can see street lignts, roads and busstop.

Which is commonly used, crossing or zebra? Can anyone teach me?

Hi Rafaela1,

I've heard mostly 'crossing', and that is also the word that I use, but 'zebra crossing' is also used in some varieties of British English -- so much so, in fact, that you can even find it in the Cambridge Dictionary. I think most anyone would understand either form, though in American English these crossings are usually called 'crosswalks'.

One thing that many people who go to the US don't know is that in many cities it is illegal to cross the street outside a 'crosswalk'. The police can even fine you for doing this, though I think that is relatively rare and I have seen many people cross the street in other places in my time there.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Near my home I can see street lights because I'm living in a private urbanization in the countryside. In this place there aren't roads, traffic or crossroads. It's fantastic!

Unfortunately, I can see none of these near my house.

There are a bus stop near my house; also there is a road and a crossroad.

From my window, despite this rainy weather that make the day spooky and grim, I can see the road, which looks like a two-way alley,
There are two street-lights in front of my house. They usually are turned on around 6pm.
A lot of cables hang between my house and my neighbor's house, and some of them come across the road.