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    #1

    Do these two sentences sound well?

    Do these sentences sound well?

    1) The traffic was held up on the motorway because of an accident.
    2) There was an hold-up on the motorway because of an accident.

    Do you think one in particular would sound more natural than the other one?

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    #2

    Re: Do these two sentences sound well?

    NOT A TEACHER

    ...however, in UK English, number two is arguably the more natural of the two in speech. There's a hold-up on the M1 is heard pretty much every half hour on traffic bulletins on live radio and TV, and means there has been a traffic accident, breakdown or police incident. It just depends on where you are speaking, there are huge differences in the way English is used around the world!
    Last edited by iKitty; 24-Nov-2011 at 19:19.

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    #3

    Re: Do these two sentences sound well?

    It's "a hold-up" not "an hold-up", dilodi.

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