Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. Over the top's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Current Location:
      • Saudi Arabia

    • Join Date: Jul 2007
    • Posts: 386
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    we drive on "park"ways and park in "drive"ways

    Hello
    someoen said English language is very funny and they provided this example, we drive on "park"ways and park in "drive"ways.
    I don't understand it!!
    Do you call streets 'park ways' and parks where cars maybe parked 'drive ways'?
    If so, is this AmE or BrE?
    Thanks

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 5,630
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: we drive on "park"ways and park in "drive"ways

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    Hello
    someoen said English language is very funny and they provided this example, we drive on "park"ways and park in "drive"ways.
    I don't understand it!!
    Do you call streets 'park ways' and parks where cars maybe parked 'drive ways'?
    If so, is this AmE or BrE?
    Thanks
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good afternoon, Over the top.

    (1) Yes, all languages are very "interesting."

    (2) In California (and other states), we use the word "freeway."

    In some eastern states (such as New York), I think they say "parkway."

    (3) We Americans park our cars in the "driveway."

  2. Over the top's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Current Location:
      • Saudi Arabia

    • Join Date: Jul 2007
    • Posts: 386
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: we drive on "park"ways and park in "drive"ways

    what does driveway mean?

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 5,630
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: we drive on "park"ways and park in "drive"ways

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    what does driveway mean?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello again.

    Many Americans live in a house.

    Next to the house is a garage for the car(s).

    The driveway is the short road from the street to the garage.

    You can park your car on the street, in the driveway, or -- of course --

    in your garage.

    Have a nice day!

    If you go to Google Images and type in "driveway," I imagine that you

    will get some great pictures.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 46,343
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: we drive on "park"ways and park in "drive"ways

    In Britain, we use motorway and drive.

  3. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 15,879
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: we drive on "park"ways and park in "drive"ways

    - though the number of houses with driveways must be decreasing - as developers building new houses try to cram in as many as the can. I've come across the word 'parkway' in street names occasionally, which suggests that once it had some currency. There's also the term 'broadway', which is quite common in roadnames (and associated places - for example 'Ealing Broadway', where I lived for most of my youth, was an area named after a road).

    b

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 46,343
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: we drive on "park"ways and park in "drive"ways

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    as developers building new houses try to cram in as many as the can.
    Try Tokyo

  4. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 21,360
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #8

    Re: we drive on "park"ways and park in "drive"ways

    Here are some more similar observations, mostly about English:
    Language (and Other) Questions
    Things to ponder :: The Funny Pages

  5. Ouisch's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2006
    • Posts: 4,142
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #9

    Re: we drive on "park"ways and park in "drive"ways

    Here is a typical US driveway, which leads to a two-car garage. The garage was originally intended as a storage place for the car, but most folks keep so much "junk" in the garage - everything from lawnmowers to snowblowers to bicycles to boxes of old things they don't want to throw away that there often isn't room left inside for the car. So the car gets parked in the driveway.

    Other odd phrases in English (as pointed out by comedian George Carlin): In airports we often hear an announcement stating that a particular flight "will now begin the pre-boarding procedure." Pre-boarding? What is that? We get on the plane before we get on the plane?! And what about "on the plane"?! Let Evel Knievel ride on the plane, I'm going to sit inside the plane.

    Why do we call furnace boilers "hot water heaters"? If the water is already hot, why does it need to be heated?

Similar Threads

  1. [Essay] Letter to City Councilor about park problems
    By ducati748 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-Apr-2010, 17:12
  2. In the Park or At the Park
    By daddyjohn in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 31-Aug-2008, 11:50
  3. Jalama Beach Country Park
    By Preveena in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 24-Dec-2007, 14:56
  4. Industry Park vs Industrial Park
    By MariaF in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-Sep-2007, 14:24
  5. The Park School or Park School?
    By granardi in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-Jun-2006, 20:07

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •