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    #1

    The jam cleared on its own

    I am traffic police. There was a traffice jam.I did nothing to clear the traffic.

    How should I say that to my superior.


    1)The traffice jam cleared on its own.

    2) The traffice jam cleared by itself.

    3) The traffic jam cleared all by itself.


    My itention is to say that I did nothing to clear the traffic.

    Could someone suggest?

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    #2

    Re: The jam cleared on its own

    Quote Originally Posted by adarsh01 View Post
    I am traffic police. There was a traffic jam.I did nothing to clear the traffic.

    How should I say that to my superior.


    1)The traffic jam cleared on its own.

    2) The traffic jam cleared by itself.

    3) The traffic jam cleared all by itself.


    My intention is to say that I did nothing to clear the traffic.

    Could someone suggest?
    #2 seems the most natural IMO.

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    #3

    Re: The jam cleared on its own

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    #2 seems the most natural IMO.
    Yeah, sorry to butt in but is it alright for me to use the other 2 options in spoken and written languages? I mean, it's not like there is anything wrong with them grammar-wise and collocation-wise (or whatever-else-wise I forgot to mention) right?

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    Re: The jam cleared on its own

    Quote Originally Posted by vkhu View Post
    Yeah, sorry to butt in but is it alright for me to use the other 2 options in spoken and written languages? I mean, it's not like there is anything wrong with them grammar-wise and collocation-wise (or whatever-else-wise I forgot to mention) right?
    Yes, you can use the others, if you want to.

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