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    #1

    enter the highway

    In the sentence below, which is the best word choice? Or are three of them all correct? Thank you very much.

    Shortly after we (A. entered B. took C. hit ) the highway, we got stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

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    #2

    Re: enter the highway

    I would use "entered".
    "Taking" a highway has a slightly different meaning. It means that is the way by which you travelled somewhere, not that you entered the highway from a lesser road.
    You could "take to" the highway, which is similarly colloquial as 'hit'.

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    #3

    Re: enter the highway

    Entered is the best of the three. Got on or onto would be more natural.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: enter the highway

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Shortly after we (A. entered B. took C. hit ) the highway, we got stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
    This speaker of BrE would have a problem with this.

    A is definitely wrong for me.
    B is possible, though I don't normally use 'take' in this specific context*.
    C is possible, I imagine, though it's not something I'd ever say.

    I'd probably say 'got on to'.

    *I use 'take' in sentences such as:

    I was in no hurry, so I took the road through the valley.
    When you get to Wickham. take the A32 to Fareham
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    #5

    Re: enter the highway

    To me, hit sounds very good in this sentence.

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