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What is the grammatical analysis of the sign "Road closed to through traffic", specifically the prepositions "to through"?

  • This is the international road sign meaning "No Through Road". The ancient one in Britain said just that. It means the road is closed to "through traffic". – WS2 Mar 4 at 18:17
  • The sign is used when there is no (other) outlet for a given set of roads. But the OP's issue seems different, not that traffic literally can't go through, it's just not welcome. – JoeTaxpayer Mar 4 at 19:54
  • @JoeTaxpayer My point was merely that "through road" was a similar expression to "through traffic". – WS2 Mar 5 at 8:47
  • I see. My misunderstanding – JoeTaxpayer Mar 5 at 13:17
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Road subject

closed verb

to preposition

through (or thru) adjective describing "traffic"

It means the road is open to vehicles going to houses or shops on that road, but is closed to traffic passing along the road to other destinations.

  • From the stress on "thru" in "thru-traffic", you can tell that "thru" is not an adjective, but rather the first part of a compound. – Greg Lee Mar 4 at 22:19
  • @GregLee In my British accent, Greg, I would change the stress from "through traffic" to "through traffic" depending on context. I'd be less likely to find the need to say "through traffic" than, say, "heavy traffic" (as in I'm stick in heavy traffic") but I'd still treat "through" as an adjective. – BoldBen Mar 5 at 7:39

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