This is a description (I made it up myself).

So 4 people are running away from wolves. They reach the end of the cliff.

Can I use:

They couldn't go ahead.


There was no way ahead.

And if one of them exclaims:

Here is no way ahead.

Is the use of "ahead" natural? Does it mean that they can't "go any further"?


"Ahead" sounds a little bit unnatural. You would be more likely to hear one of the following:

There was no way forward.

They could go no further.

They couldn't go on.

As an exclamation, someone might shout:

We can't go forward!

There's nowhere to go!

Depending on the circumstances, someone might add:

We have to turn back!

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You can use "they couldn't go ahead" or "there was no way ahead".

They both sound pretty natural to me, although I have to say "they couldn't go any further" sounds more natural to me. But I can't give you a reason why.

The phrase "here is no way ahead" is definitely not natural, although perhaps you mean "there is no way ahead".

On a separate note, most people would say "edge of a cliff" not "end of a cliff".

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  • What I meant: We can't go ahead. @fred2. – It's about English Feb 19 '19 at 6:35
  • "But I can't give you a reason why." I will try to help. Standalone, the sentences are a little awkward, because something is missing. But they sound just right if you imagine a scream prior to those sentences: "Don't stop! Go ahead! The wolves are getting closer!" - My "scream" is not perfect, I am aware, but it should help get the idea. Now you know why you never read a book written by me :D – virolino Feb 19 '19 at 6:57

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