can you clarify the difference.............please
6 May 07
this is a right explanation for me. across the road means at the other side of the road. if i am standing at the west side of the road, across it will be the side in front of me which is the east side. crossing the road is the act of managing to get from one side of the road to the other.
14 Feb 07
well minty you are saying sentence 2 shows the man walking/moving on the other side other road (one-side only). however, dictionary says ACROSS=from one side to the other of (something). so your inference about 2nd sentence seems to be wrong...
6 May 07
when we say that the man was crossing the road, the man is managing to get from one side of the road to the other in a manner which is feasible to him. a disabled man without feet, may go crawling while crossing. an abled or normal one, may be walking or running while doing so. this is for sentence 1. as for sentence 2, it is clearly stated that the man was walking across the road. he may not be crossing road, but one thing is definite, he is across the road from where i am and, i see him walking therein.
2 Mar 07
Is this a trick question? In the second sentence, the man was WALKING i.e. not crawling or driving, etc. Both are trying to get to the other side by virtue of the words "crossing" and "across" but in the second, the mode of getting across is clearly stated - WALKING. In the first sentence, he could be limping or walking with his hands and we would be none the wiser?