She is now two minutes behind schedule, but she can make that up if she cuts through the minimall instead of waiting for the light.

Does it mean the traffic lights?

light or lights?

Hadley and Grace by Suzanne Redfearn

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    That interpretation makes sense in this context. (Presumably it should be instead of?) Jan 21, 2021 at 9:14
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    yes I edited it.
    – Peace
    Jan 21, 2021 at 9:22
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    In Britain, we would refer to the lights for traffic lights. We can guess this is an American author because of the singular. Jan 21, 2021 at 10:05

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It should probably be "mini-mall", "mini mall", or capitalized "Mini Mall" for an official name such as "Fort Benning Main Post Exchange Mini Mall."

"instead of waiting for the light" refers to a red traffic light.

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