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    Re: walk on the street vs. walk in the street

    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
    So, can they be synonyms (depending on the dialect)?
    I think Americans call "concrete" "cement".

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    Re: walk on the street vs. walk in the street

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I think Americans call "concrete" "cement".
    Yep But we also use concrete, especially to make the distinction between the mixture and its parts. But alone, cement is fine how I used it above.

    I just thought of the phrase "hit the pavement", which means to start moving/traveling. E.g. "If we're going to make the movie on time, we better (HA!) hit the pavement." In this context, I can see that meaning sidewalk or street.

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    Re: walk on the street vs. walk in the street

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In BrE we would say "concrete" rather than "cement". A "pavement" is so called because it's made up of "paving slabs".
    [not a teacher]

    BTW, it's not common in AmE to say "a pavement" - always the definite article.

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    Re: walk on the street vs. walk in the street

    To reply to the threadstarter,

    As a BrE speaker, I would say walk down a street.

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    Re: walk on the street vs. walk in the street

    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
    * Not a teacher

    Also, as an addition to TheParser's great post, the British version of "sidewalk" is "pavement".
    It's footpath in Hiberno English...

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