can you clarify the difference.............please

India
February 10, 2007 11:04am CST
sentence 1. the man was crossing the road. sentence 2. the man was was walking across the road.
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@minty3 (592)
• Nigeria
14 Feb 07
Sentence 1 shows the man is moving from one side of the road to the other while sentence 2 shows the man walking /moving on the other side other road (one-side only).Tnx
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• India
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...
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• Singapore
2 Mar 07
The man would only be walking on one side of the road if "along the road" is used...
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• Philippines
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.
@laltu86 (1253)
• India
5 May 07
I guess its preety obvious , the second statement is wrong it say the man was WAS walking across the road , hope i am correct ..
• India
6 May 07
both the sentenses are correct. i just want to know the difference
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@laltu86 (1253)
• India
6 May 07
it might be your typing mistake but in the 2nd sentence you have typed was 2 times i was pointing at that only ..
• India
8 May 07
oh yes. its a typo. thanks
• Singapore
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?
• India
2 Mar 07
undoubtedly in both these sentenses he's walking. but what's the real difference.
@thebestmom (1105)
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
From what I understand with this sentence, crossing the road means walking across it with cars passing, and walking across the road means walking across a road where there are no cars. What do you think?
• India
13 Feb 07
well thebestmom,you said 'crossing the road means walking across it' but this combines both the sentences leave aside cars. i am looking for the exact difference between these two sentences.
@fabwisp (1328)
10 Feb 07
erm....i would say they both say the same except in sentence 2 you are making a statement about precisly how the man was getting across the road. Sorry can't be much help!
• India
10 Feb 07
i am sorry that doesnt seem to be the exact difference. just think over a little please...
• Philippines
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.