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    traffic lights

    1)When the lights are red and you want to tell the driver of the car you're riding in to stop, can you say, quite simply, 'Stop, it's red!' or does it sound awkward?
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    Re: traffic lights

    It depends on the speed and how urgent it is. 'They're (on) red' (they = traffic lights) can be used just to draw the driver's attention when there's time to stop smoothly (British English- I have no idea if speakers of other variants would say this or similar).n I can't why we can't move up to 'Stop!' or 'Stop! They're red', though I would use the plural.

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    Re: traffic lights

    I was problably thinking of the American usage:
    The light's red (US) hence the singular in my example
    The lights are red (UK)

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    Re: traffic lights

    Hmm, I could've sworn I answered this last night!
    Was my post deleted?

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    Re: traffic lights

    Sorry Raymott, I would have thanked you if I had read your reply.... which I didn't. Have another try!


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    Re: traffic lights

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It depends on the speed and how urgent it is. 'They're (on) red' (they = traffic lights) can be used just to draw the driver's attention when there's time to stop smoothly (British English- I have no idea if speakers of other variants would say this or similar).n I can't why we can't move up to 'Stop!' or 'Stop! They're red', though I would use the plural.
    I would simply say "Stop." or Stop!". Adding anything else, I would first likely say "You've got a red light." "Stop! You've got a red light". or "Stop! That's a red light."

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    Re: traffic lights

    Thank you PROESL. That's just the kind of natural-sounding sentence I was hoping to read!!

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    Re: traffic lights

    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    Sorry Raymott, I would have thanked you if I had read your reply.... which I didn't. Have another try!
    Never mind. My reply wasn't that profound. I was just wondering where my post went. Perhaps I pressed the wrong button.

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