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    jump the/a red light

    Can I use the phrase "jump the/a red light" for when I walk across a street at a signalized crosswalk when the light is red? If so, do I need to use the definite or the indefinite article? Are there any alternatives to the phrase "jump the/a red light"?

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    This morning on my way to work, a policeman caught me jumping the/a red light.
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: jump the/a red light

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Can I use the phrase "jump the/a red light" for when I walk across a street at a signalized crosswalk when the light is red? If so, do I need to use the definite or the indefinite article? Are there any alternatives to the phrase "jump the/a red light"?

    Example sentence:
    This morning on my way to work, a policeman caught me jumping the/a red light.
    That is usually used to talk about vehicles not stopping at a red light.

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    Re: jump the/a red light

    Could anybody please tell me what to use for what I described in the first post? There must be simple way of saying it.
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    Re: jump the/a red light

    In America, and many other countries, crossing the road as a pedestrian either at a point in the road where there is not an official crossing, or at a crossing but without waiting for the lights to be in your favour is called "jaywalking". We don't use it in British English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: jump the/a red light

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In America, and many other countries, crossing the road as a pedestrian either at a point in the road where there is not an official crossing, or at a crossing but without waiting for the lights to be in your favour is called "jaywalking". We don't use it in British English.
    I gather there isn't a BrE equivalent to "jaywalking", right?
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    Re: jump the/a red light

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    I gather there isn't a BrE equivalent to "jaywalking", right?
    No, there isn't.

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    Re: jump the/a red light

    In the UK, you are allowed to cross the road when the red man is showing, so there's no term for it that I know of.
    Last edited by Tdol; 18-Jun-2012 at 11:38. Reason: Typo

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    Re: jump the/a red light

    As Tdol said, there is no law against crossing a road wherever and whenever you like, so we don't need a word for such an infraction. In the USA (and other countries) it is actually an offence (civil or criminal, I'm not sure) to cross at an unauthorised place.
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    Re: jump the/a red light

    You can get a fine for jaywalking in the US, in theory. It's like a parking ticket, a "summary offense."

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    #10

    Re: jump the/a red light

    That is quite interesting. Thank you for sharing.
    One might have thought that since the UK is fairly close to the CZ (and both are in the EU too), crossing the street while the red light is on would be an offense (as it is here and I'm sure many other European countries).
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