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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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Submitted by Nikolaos Stavr… on Wed, 04/03/2020 - 15:59

I can only see pavements and street lights.

Submitted by wcyam10 on Sun, 16/02/2020 - 07:47

Does the word "crossroads" have singular ? In addition, which sentence below is correct? 1) Kids are playing on the street. or Kids are playing in the street. 2) Local council decides to put some traffic lights and crossings on the road. or Local council decides to put traffic a few lights and crossings on the road.

Hello wcyam10

A 'crossroad' and a 'crossroads' are two different (though related) things. The second of those two words has the same form in the singular and plural. The first one has no final 's' in the singular, but does in the plural. The context should usually make it clear which meaning is intended.

For the first sentence, I would say 'on', but 'in' is also correct. As for the second sentence, the first one is better, though you should say 'The local council' instead of 'Local council'.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by wcyam10 on Sun, 16/02/2020 - 07:39

I am staying in an apartment with my parents in a city. Many years ago, there were no traffic lights on the crossroads infront of our apartment. The traffic condition in this area was very bad especially in the morning when everyone was rushing to go to work. In addition, the street lights were in the poor stage where most of the bulbs were damaged . Consequently, pedestrians were at risk and there were many reported accidents especially at night. Last year, local council decided to put roundabout at the end of the road , traffic lights at the crossroads and crossings on the roads for the pedestrians. These have tremendously addressed the traffic problems. Furthermore, the road is furnished with new street lights and pavement. Hence, it is safer for pedestrians to cross the road now.

Submitted by ana33 on Sat, 15/02/2020 - 14:11

There are no enough pavements in some cities.

Submitted by Nguyet Nguyen on Sun, 09/02/2020 - 09:35

In my country, there are usually traffic jams at rush hour. Because we lack traffic lights, crossing, roundabout and etc. We can't find out the solution for traffic problems.

Submitted by Ammaraf on Tue, 28/01/2020 - 12:57

what are the traffic problems in your country, no body can solve them, so we have to think again and make more studies in order to live in the green cites without complected transportation methods.

Submitted by AdrianaPC on Thu, 16/01/2020 - 10:50

I can see near my home crossings, traffic lights, street lights, squares, bus stops, roundabouts, pavement and crossroads. I live in the city centre so I don´t see roads and traffic.