Can I say “across” in the next two situations?

If I sailed the Pacific from Japan to America, making a detour by way of an island, can I say “I went my way across to America from Japan?”

If I moved from a stand in a soccer field to the opposite side, making a detour along the round stands (circular path of the arena), can I say “I went my way across to the opposite stand from where I was.”

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    You can say "across" but you can't say "went" in those cases. You would say "I made my way across ..."
    – Robusto
    Jan 9, 2013 at 13:07
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    You can say both of those sentences, but neither one is good English. The first is verbose. I went from Japan to America or I went to America from Japan is better. The second sentence doesn't express what the preamble to that sentence says. I went my way is murky; across to the opposite stand is meaningless without a context; from where I was is superfluous. Maybe I walked across the soccer field and sat on the other side.
    – user21497
    Jan 9, 2013 at 13:08
  • @BillFranke: I want to know “If I travel in a circular path through seats in an arena to the opposite stand, can I use “across”?
    – Listenever
    Jan 9, 2013 at 13:22
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    "Across: to or on the opposite side". Yes, you can say that, but it doesn't sound natural to say across in that situation. If you walked across the soccer field, that's fine. If you circled through the arena to reach the opposite side, it would be more natural to say that you walked to the opposite side of the arena. If you walk across the street, I assume you'll take the shortest path. If you live across the street, I'll assume that you live on the opposite side. You walk across a bridge not by getting into the river, wading across through the water, & then getting back onto the bridge.
    – user21497
    Jan 9, 2013 at 13:35
  • I would say that, if you walked through the seats to the other side, you walked not across but around the field. Jan 9, 2013 at 20:19

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You go across by going straight over the object in the way.

If you take a circuitous route, you are across the ocean but you didn't go across the ocean.

So for your first example, you did sail across the ocean. The ocean was involved in the travel.

For the second example, you ended up on the other side of stadium but you didn't get there by traveling over the thing in the way (the field). So you didn't cross the field. But you are across it.

  • He did, he went across the ocean; albeit by a circuitous route.
    – MikeM
    Jan 9, 2013 at 17:29

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