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    Cross live

    I'm listening to a tape and one thing really bewildered me:

    Now, for the very latest on that hurricane in the USA, we cross live to Rob Kilton in Miami.


    So, I can't understand what does this mean and would be thankful for any help.

    Michael

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    Re: Cross live

    The news reader tells us that we are being shown a reporter who is at the site of the hurricane in Miami. Cross live means that we are seeing that reporter live as opposed to a previous (video) report.

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    Re: Cross live

    Thank you for your answer. But I still can't understand neither grammar in this construction nor how to translate it. Maybe you can speculate a little bit more on this subject and give some examples. Maybe this is a silly question but what parts of speech are these two words? I tried to imagine it and am astonished now. You know, it is a pre intermediate level, just a bit further than for beginners.

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    Re: Cross live

    cross = verb [we cross the continent]

    live = adverb [in real time/now]

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    Re: Cross live

    Quote Originally Posted by Grablevskij View Post
    Thank you for your answer. But I still can't understand neither grammar in this construction nor how to translate it. Maybe you can speculate a little bit more on this subject and give some examples. Maybe this is a silly question but what parts of speech are these two words? I tried to imagine it and am astonished now. You know, it is a pre intermediate level, just a bit further than for beginners.

    Michael
    It is a manner of speech, particularly in radio and TV. It could be said: and now we are going to transfer you to our reporter who is there now. When 'cross' is used it does not mean actual movement; live means all parties are speaking then, not at some earlier time by recording. The use of cross in this case does not appear in any dictionary now but probably will in the future.

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    Re: Cross live

    Thank you. Now I have found. And it has already appeared in dictionaries:

    live (AS IT HAPPENS) Show phonetics
    adjective
    (of a performance) broadcast, recorded or seen while it is happening:
    This evening there will be a live broadcast of the debate.

    Here it is:
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

    Thank you one more time. It really seems to be an adverb in this case, though dictionaries don't cnow such adverbs.

    Michael

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    Re: Cross live

    'cross live' is not in the dictionary.
    To live is a verb, but live is an adjective 'live broadcast' then you have 'cross' the verb with 'live' which then is an adverb.
    It is peculiar to the broadcast media where it originated and we have just had to become used to it. Cross live would not make sense in other contexts.

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    Re: Cross live

    Thank you.

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