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    Traffic on 95,

    Traffic on 95,


    Imagine that, you have just stepped in the classroom, and class is already begun.

    And suddenly teacher stares at you and ask why you were late?
    Which one could be the best answer your excuse about traffic on roads?



    There was heavy traffic in/on/at 95


    There (a) is heavy traffic in/on/at95


    There has been heavy traffic in/on/at 95


    Or none of them:)

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    Re: Traffic on 95,

    Quote Originally Posted by wq.denis View Post
    Traffic on 95,


    Imagine that, you have just stepped in the classroom, and class is already begun.

    And suddenly teacher stares at you and ask why you were late?
    Which one could be the best answer your excuse about traffic on roads?



    There was heavy traffic in/on/at 95


    There (a) is heavy traffic in/on/at95


    There has been heavy traffic in/on/at 95


    Or none of them:)
    I assume "95" is the name of a local road.

    If so, then "There was heavy traffic on [the] 95."

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    Re: Traffic on 95,

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I assume "95" is the name of a local road.

    If so, then "There was heavy traffic on [the] 95."
    Hello, emsr2d2.

    Can we not say There has been heavy traffic on on 95?

    Here the speaker's being late was due to very bad traffic conditions on 95. The speaker may have been in his car, therefor knowing the traffic was still bad just before he stepped into the classroom. Let's assume the speaker was really in a hurry and went straight to the classroom.

    Thanks

    Richard

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    Re: Traffic on 95,

    I would use the simple past because you're talking about a specific point in time when you were traveling to school.

    There was heavy traffic on 95 (when I was driving to school).

    Using has been would indicate a longer period of bad traffic conditions: There has been heavy traffic on 95 all morning because of construction work in one lane.

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    Re: Traffic on 95,

    Quote Originally Posted by Susan612 View Post
    I would use the simple past because you're talking about a specific point in time when you were traveling to school.

    There was heavy traffic on 95 (when I was driving to school).

    Using has been would indicate a longer period of bad traffic conditions: There has been heavy traffic on 95 all morning because of construction work in one lane.
    Since you said it, I've now began to realise the meaning would be more accurate with the simple past tense here.

    Thank you for your reply

    Richard

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