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    Default 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?

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    Default 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')

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

    Thanks. What about BE?

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    Default 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.

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    ... 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, ...

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    Default 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.

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