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    Smile What is the opposition for 'off-ramp'?

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    noun [C] (UK slip road)
    a road for driving off a major road
    Hi!

    What's the opposition for 'off-ramp' in English? I refer to drive into a major road from a road.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: What is the opposition for 'off-ramp'?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi!

    What's the opposition opposite for 'off-ramp' in English? I refer to drive into a major road from a road.

    Thanks!
    An "on ramp".

    We would say "access slip road" or "exit slip road".

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    Smile Re: What is the opposition for 'off-ramp'?

    Thank you for your answer. It's useful to learn two kinds of expressions because I might run into a Briton.

    I was just thinking that was kind of silly question about off-ramp. No doubt, it should be 'on' for the opposite of 'off'.
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    Default Re: What is the opposition for 'off-ramp'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    An "on ramp". (Am E, becoming more common in the UK but not yet fully 'naturalized')

    We (conservative speakers in the UK) would say "access slip road" or "exit slip road".
    I think these were the unspoken assumptions of Anglika's post.

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    Default Re: What is the opposition for 'off-ramp'?

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi thedaffodils,

    ramp = an inclined surface or roadway connecting different levels
    A highway ramp (as in exit ramp and entrance ramp) or slip road is a short section of road which allows vehicles to enter or exit a freeway (motorway).

    off-ramp = road by which one leaves a limited access highway.
    exit ramp = or "off ramp", on a freeway
    on-road = road by which one enters a limited access highway.
    entrance ramp = or "on ramp", on a freeway
    slip road = a connector between grade-separated roads in a traffic interchange
    slip road = access road = a short road giving access to an expressway

    Regards,

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    Default Re: What is the opposition for 'off-ramp'?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I think these were the unspoken assumptions of Anglika's post.

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    No assumptions - just general usage so far as I am concerned.

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