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    Here in Philippines, we usually say "it is traffic" when the traffic is heavy or congested. Does this mean also the same in English? Can I just say traffic even if what I wanted to say is heavy traffic? Or, I really need to say "heavy traffic"? Thanks.

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    I'd say There's a lot of traffic/There's heavy traffic. 'It is traffic' sounds strange to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlbert03 View Post
    Here in Philippines, we usually say "it is traffic" when the traffic is heavy or congested. Does this mean also the same in English? Can I just say traffic even if what I wanted to say is heavy traffic? Or, I really need to say "heavy traffic"? Thanks.
    Your expression sounds strange in AmE also.

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    Thank you to both of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlbert03 View Post
    Thank you to both of you.
    You're welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Your expression sounds strange in AmE also.

    By the way, Mike, are the ones said by Tdol the same with Ame? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlbert03 View Post
    By the way, Mike, are the ones said by Tdol the same with Ame? Thanks.
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Yes.


    One more quetion. What's the opposite for "a lot of traffic" and "heavy traffic"? Are they "few traffic" and "light traffic". Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlbert03 View Post
    One more quetion. What's the opposite for "a lot of traffic" and "heavy traffic"? Are they "few traffic" and "light traffic". Thanks again.
    Yes, "light traffic", but also "little traffic" and "no traffic".

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