Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Dec 2006
    • Posts: 924
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    freeway (toll gates)

    There are five toll gates on that freeway.
    A natve speaker thinks that the above sentence is not acceptable because a freeway is an expressway or motorway that is free of both cross traffic and toll. But in Taiwan, we do have toll gates on the freeway. For further information, please click the following link: Freeway Bureau English Version>Works>Toll Collection>Manual Toll Collection-Toll Collection Data
    What do you think?

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

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 20,227
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: freeway (toll gates)

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    There are five toll gates on that freeway.
    A natve speaker thinks that the above sentence is not acceptable because a freeway is an expressway or motorway that is free of both cross traffic and toll. But in Taiwan, we do have toll gates on the freeway. For further information, please click the following link: Freeway Bureau English Version>Works>Toll Collection>Manual Toll Collection-Toll Collection Data
    What do you think?
    I think your native speaker is equivocating on "free"way. That might have been the original derivation of the word, but not all freeways are free now.

  2. 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
    #3

    Re: freeway (toll gates)

    In the US, "freeway" is still strictly used to refer to a controlled-access highway (that is, a roadway with no traffic signals, intersections or private property access) that is toll-free. Any highway that has toll booths along the route is specifically referred to as a "tollway" or "turnpike" or "toll road".

  3. riquecohen's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • Brazil

    • Join Date: Aug 2010
    • Posts: 5,981
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: freeway (toll gates)

    We generally refer to "toll gates" in the US only in places where there is no attendant to collect the toll. You just throw the exact change into a receptacle and the gate rises. Tolls are collected by attendants at toll booths. In some states, parkways and thruways are also toll roads.

  4. JohnParis's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • France

    • Join Date: Oct 2011
    • Posts: 774
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: freeway (toll gates)

    It appears that this is simply what the Taiwanese authorities chose to call their highway system when they built it in 1970.

    Taiwan Area National Freeway Bureau,MOTC. Print-History and Responsibilities

    Choosing to call it a "freeway" was probably more acceptable than "a superhighway that will cost you a fortune to use, maintain and expand - forever."

    John

Similar Threads

  1. [General] play in the freeway
    By gchman in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 29-May-2009, 17:53
  2. Freeway?
    By belly_ttt in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 24-Jul-2008, 21:02
  3. William Gates II- how we say?
    By tasdibek in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 16-Oct-2006, 21:19
  4. I Blame Bill Gates -- An Essay
    By Will in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 07-Oct-2006, 08:27
  5. walk on freeway shoulder?
    By Eway in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 18-Feb-2006, 08:07

Posting Permissions

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