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    "backup" and "tailback"

    Hello



    - There are three traffic backups at the half bottom of this photo and five or six at the half top of it.
    - There are three lanes of traffic backups at the half bottom of this photo and five or six at the half top of it.
    - This photo shows three traffic backups at the half bottom and five or six at the half top.
    - This photo shows three lanes of traffic backups at the half bottom and five or six at the half top.

    Do these sentences sound good? Do BE speakers use "tailbacks" in place of "backups"?


    Thank you.
    Last edited by Daruma; 30-Aug-2009 at 07:09.

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    Re: "backup" and "tailback"

    American version: All three lanes are bumper-to-bumper.


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    Re: "backup" and "tailback"

    What do you think of my sentences?

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    Re: "backup" and "tailback"

    Dear Daruma:

    The 'top half' and 'bottom half' (not 'half top' and 'half bottom')

    There are three lanes of backed-up traffic in the bottom half of the photo. At the top, you can see them merging with several more lanes of backed-up traffic.
    The photo shows a big 'traffic jam'.
    This may be a photo of 'rush hour traffic'.
    The cars may be at a 'standstill' or they may be in 'stop-and-go traffic'.

    I don't know about BrE, but in AmE 'tailbacks' are (American) football players.

    Best wishes,

    Petra

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    Re: "backup" and "tailback"

    Quote Originally Posted by pyoung View Post
    Dear Daruma:

    The 'top half' and 'bottom half' (not 'half top' and 'half bottom')

    There are three lanes of backed-up traffic in the bottom half of the photo. At the top, you can see them merging with several more lanes of backed-up traffic.
    The photo shows a big 'traffic jam'.
    This may be a photo of 'rush hour traffic'.
    The cars may be at a 'standstill' or they may be in 'stop-and-go traffic'.

    I don't know about BrE, but in AmE 'tailbacks' are (American) football players.

    Best wishes,

    Petra
    Yes, you can use "tailback" in BrE, as in; "There were two lanes closed on the M27 today, causing a 3 mile tailback."

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