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    congestion/crowding

    Hi,
    "Because of the ----- on the city streets, it takes much longer for the motorists to get to work.
    1)crowding 2)congestion 3)slowing 4)weather"

    Which choice is correct?I chose 2.

    Thank you.

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    Re: congestion/crowding

    I agree with your choice. We use "congestion" when referring to busy traffic conditions.

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    #3

    Re: congestion/crowding

    How about "traffic jam", is it OK?

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    Re: congestion/crowding

    "Congestion" is the word normally used in traffic reports on the TV or radio. In normal conversation, we would say "I'm stuck in traffic" (the fact that it is heavy traffic is implied) or "I'm stuck in a traffic jam".

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    Re: congestion/crowding

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Congestion" is the word normally used in traffic reports on the TV or radio. In normal conversation, we would say "I'm stuck in traffic" (the fact that it is heavy traffic is implied) or "I'm stuck in a traffic jam".
    But Collins dictionary gives 'crowding' as a synonym for 'congestion'.I also wonder if 'slowing' means anything similar.

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    #6

    Re: congestion/crowding

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Congestion or crowding could be a cause of slowing, but "slowing" is a separate concept. I am slowing down because of the heavy snow. The slowing of the arms race was seen as a good thing.
    So it is more general, rather than a seperate concept, right?

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    Re: congestion/crowding

    Slowing can be a result of congestion but it can also have many other causes. However, if you are caught in traffic congestion, it's a safe bet that you will be moving slowly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Slowing can be a result of congestion but it can also have many other causes. However, if you are caught in traffic congestion, it's a safe bet that you will be moving slowly.
    Can you have traffic slowing?!

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    #9

    Re: congestion/crowding

    crowding involves people

    congestion involves traffic

    slow down could impact traffic flow

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    #10

    Re: congestion/crowding

    Quote Originally Posted by hooshdar3 View Post
    Can you have traffic slowing?!
    I don't really understand your question. Do you mean "Can we say 'traffic slowing'?" Please use "traffic slowing" in a sentence and we can tell you if it's correct or not.

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