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    there's a lot of traffic

    A student came to school late because there's a lot of traffic. I was wondering if the following replies are natural.

    Teacher: Why are you late, Paul?
    1. Student Paul: Because too much traffic.
    2. Student Paul: Because of traffic congestion.
    3. Student Paul: Because of traffic jam.

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    Re: there's a lot of traffic

    Only #2 reads well.

    I'd say 'The traffic was horrendous' or something similar.

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    Re: there's a lot of traffic

    I agree with Rover, but #3 also works if it is amended to "Because of a traffic jam."

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    Re: there's a lot of traffic

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I agree with Rover, but #3 also works if it is amended to "Because of a traffic jam."
    Or "Because of traffic jams" if you got caught in more than one.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: there's a lot of traffic

    I saw some people use "too much traffic". How do we say if we use ""too much traffic"?

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    Re: there's a lot of traffic

    "There was too much traffic". However, in the context you suggested, the student would say "Because there was so much traffic".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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