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    #1

    phrases related to using a zebra crossing

    Hello everybody!

    Could you tell me which version is right?:

    a/ You should walk over the zebra crossing.

    b/ You should walk on the zebra crossing.

    c/ You should use the zebra crossing.

    d/ You should cross the road on/over/through the zebra crossing.

    Thank you.

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    Re: phrases related to using a zebra crossing

    You should use the zebra crossing when you cross the road.
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    Re: phrases related to using a zebra crossing

    Note that those are 'crosswalks' in AmE.

    Most AmE speakers would try and interpret the term 'zebra crossing' literally, and be confused.

    I only happen to recognize the term from listening to some test candidates who were given a picture prompt containing one. We had to insert some topic notes for raters not to penalize test takers who used the term 'zebra crossing' instead of 'crosswalk'.
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    #4

    Re: phrases related to using a zebra crossing

    For those of you interested in British pedestrian crossings, we not only have zebra crossings (increasingly uncommon these days), but also puffin, toucan, pelican and pegasus crossings. We are kindto our animals, even mythical ones: http://www.2pass.co.uk/crossing.htm#.V5UxtxMrLnB

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    Re: phrases related to using a zebra crossing

    So I'm going to confess I just assumed Piscean's linked page was satire until I independently googled those terms.

    Turns out they are genuine terms for various types of crossings.
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    #6

    Re: phrases related to using a zebra crossing

    ps. I forgot to mention toad crossings.

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    Re: phrases related to using a zebra crossing

    Well, it looks like 'toad crossing' is pretty literal. As far as literal crossing signs go, we do have various animal crossing signs as well, depending upon what animals inhabit that area. I've personally seen cattle, deer, moose and elk, but I'm sure there are others.

    Sadly, some people seem to take too literal of an interpretation....
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    #8

    Re: phrases related to using a zebra crossing

    You'll see armadillo crossing signs in Texas. Fun fact: the deer on the standard American "deer crossing" sign wears its antlers backwards. It must have had a heck of an evening the night before the picture was drawn.
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    #9

    Re: phrases related to using a zebra crossing



    We have crossings for kangaroos, koalas, wombats, emus, echidnas ...

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    #10

    Re: phrases related to using a zebra crossing

    That's the exact same video that I linked to in #7.
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