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What's the difference between a 'crossing' and a 'crossroads'? Do these exercises to help learn words for the things around your town and find out!


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Intermediate: B1


I live in Tehran which is a crowded city. Like other cities, it has lots of traffic lights, street lights, and also signposts. But, there is less roundabouts and more crossroads in Tehran comparing other cities that I have seen. In addition, drivers have a bad attitude that they usually neglect crossings which make people annoy when they need cross a street or junction.

Near my house, I can see crossings, corners, roundabouts, bus stops, street lights, roads, ... I'm living in a suburb of Brussels.

I am a French-speaking guy. In this lesson, there is a fearfull false friend: in French, a square is a kind of a little park with some bench and some trees. When I was a child, I played ball there because it was strictly forbidden playing football.

1. My friend and I offen meet in the town square.
2. In the city, street lights offen are located on street corners
3. In some citis, riding a bicycle on the pavement is prohibited
4. I got lost because there was signpost at the crossroads

Nice practices.

How to distinguish the gap between words like:
1. Signpost or Sign post?
2. Roundabout or round about?
3. Streetlight or Street light?
... etc
How to remember them?

Hello QTN03
As far as I know, there is no easy rule to help remember all the different spellings of noun combinations such as these. Different techniques work for different people -- I'd recommend you try a few and then go with the one that seems to work best for you.
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team

I see traffic lights, crossing and pavement

İn uk, roundabout is usually shown by signs written on the pavement without using wall on the contrary to my country. Traffic lights is standard in All ower the World although signposts could vary.

The first thing that I see is a roundabout, than an acrossing and finally a square.
Where I live there aren't traffic lights, it's a very small town.
We have three or four bus stops.
All of ours streets have streetlights, signpost and pavement.