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    motorway, highway, freeway - 'on the road' vocab

    Could you please take a look if I think along the right lines?


    motorway (BrE)
    highway, clearway, speedway, freeway, expressway? (AmE)


    semi-motorway?
    expressway?

    slip road (BrE?) = exit (apply to motorways and dual carriageways only?)



    Which one's more commonly used:
    petrol dispenser (neutral?)
    petrol pump (BrE)


    What do you call the 'handle'? Handle perhaps? ;)

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    Re: motorway, highway, freeway - 'on the road' vocab

    highway, clearway, speedway, freeway, expressway? (AmE)
    We don't use that sign/symbol in the US.

    I have never heard "clearway" used here.

    A "speedway" would be a track for the racing of cars, not a road for traveling.

    A "highway" need not be a "limited access, divided" road ( i.e. no traffic lights, entry and exit only via exit ramps, maximum speed limits). Any "major" road, even if it has traffic lights can be a "highway."

    Freeway and expressway would usually denote a limited access road. An "interstate" would be the same.

    In some areas (like mine) the major interstates near the big city are called "parkways."

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    Re: motorway, highway, freeway - 'on the road' vocab

    Also, in the US, the word petrol is rarely used, if at all. It would be called a gas pump. The object the man is holding is called a "nozzle". I don't know of a special word for the handle on the nozzle.

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    Re: motorway, highway, freeway - 'on the road' vocab

    aahh nozzle! Great, thanks!

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