[Grammar] Cross VS Across

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Cross Across

Cross and across are a pair of confusing words that many English learners find different to use correctly. For example, we may be not sure about whether it is “across/ cross/ go across/ go cross” the street. If you happen to share this problem in choosing the right phrase, don’t miss today’s [Grammar]!

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1. cross

Cross is primarily used as a verb, as a verb, it can mean to go from one side (of road, river, room, etc. to the other side).

It’s easy to have an accident just crossing the road.

He was hit by a car when he tried to cross the road.

Or, if you cross your legs, arms, or ankles, you put one on top of the other.

She was sitting on the floor with her legs crossed.

Except for being used as a verb, cross can also be a noun, and as a noun, it means a  mark used on paper to show something is not correct; or something that Jesus Christ died on.

My homework got a lot more ticks than crosses.

Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sin.

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2. across

Across shares some similar meanings as cross, as it also means to go from one side to the other. When used as an adverb, across should follow a verb to make the sentence grammatically correct. 

They ran across the road.

We’ll have to swim across the river.

Besides, across can come in the form of a preposition, and used for saying that something affects a whole range of people or things.

That TV series have become popular across five continents.

That’s all for today’s [Grammar]. We’ve also prepared a quiz for you👇

#1. There is a bus stop just ______ the road.

#2. A broad smile spread _____ the old man's face.

#3. It was dark when we _____ed the French border.

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