cross the red light or cross against/with it

stephenlearner

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi,

Which is natural and common?
It is dangerous for you (a pedestrian) to cross the red light.
It is dangerous for you to cross against the red light.
It is dangerous for you to cross with the red light.

Thanks.
 
  • Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    Are you talking about pedestrian crossings, where there are no traffic lights?
    I'd use on. 'Cross on the green light!/ 'It's dangerous to cross on the red.)
     

    natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    It sounds as if you are talking about pedestrian lights. In my part of the world, we talk about the green man and the red man. I would say, 'It's dangerous to cross against the red man', and 'You should cross at the green man'. (And you can say 'red man signal' and 'green man signal' too.)
     

    GreenWhiteBlue

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    In my part of the world, it is not uncommon to have an intersection controlled by a traffic light that has no separate pedestrian signal. In such a circumstance, a pedestrian should not cross against the red light.
     
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