Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. milan2003_07's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 408
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    There is a lot of traffic in Moscow during (a/the) rush hour

    Hi,

    1) There is a lot of traffic in Moscow during rush hour

    2) There is a lot of traffic in Moscow during a rush hour

    3) There is a lot of traffic in Moscow during the rush hour

    Which options are correct? Do we need any article in front of "rush hour" in the sentence?

    Thanks

  2. charliedeut's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: Oct 2009
    • Posts: 5,421
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: There is a lot of traffic in Moscow during (a/the) rush hour

    HI,

    I'd go for #3. I don't know whether it is the most natural, but I'va always used "the rush hour" (with 'the')

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

  3. milan2003_07's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 408
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: There is a lot of traffic in Moscow during (a/the) rush hour

    Thanks. What about BE?

  4. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: There is a lot of traffic in Moscow during (a/the) rush hour

    In BrE,#3 is the most common. #1 is used, but not as much as #3. #2, while not impossible, is not something I would recommend using. 'Rush hour' denotes period/situation at which there is a great deal of traffic travelling to or from work. The period can be shorter or considerably longer tha 60 minutes, so 'a rush hour' is unlikely. In fact, at the moment, I can't think of a context in which I could use it.

    The BNC has only one citation:
    ... to try to miss some of the rush-hour traffic, though how you avoid a rush hour which lasts from around seven in the morning to nine o'clock at night, ...

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 10,372
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: There is a lot of traffic in Moscow during (a/the) rush hour

    Someone using an article with "rush hour" in this sentence would sound odd to me.

Similar Threads

  1. traffic lights/a traffic light/a set of traffic lights
    By milan2003_07 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 19-Sep-2011, 04:45
  2. the moscow city
    By mashasuralmasha in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-Feb-2011, 07:18
  3. half an hour, quater of an hour
    By ostap77 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 14-Oct-2010, 15:24
  4. during the rush hour or in the rush hour
    By ostap77 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-Oct-2010, 14:17
  5. It was rush hour and...
    By Daruma in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-May-2009, 14:15

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •