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    Right or wrong: a comprehension question

    According to the news report below (the underlined part in blue), is the statement true or false:
    The area of the Olympic Park will hold 2,200 bike parking spaces.
    (The given answer is 'True'. But I think it is false. Am I right?)
    Thank you in advance.


    How 385,000 will cycle or walk to see the Olympics
    David Williams
    5 Mar 2009

    About 385,000 spectators are expected to travel to the 2012 Olympic Games in London on foot or by cycle, under plans unveiled today.
    More than 4,400 spectators will pedal on peak days, according to the Olympic Delivery Authority. A further 10,000 will walk. Experts believe it will be the largest number of people to cycle to an Olympic Games and underlines the organisers' determination that it will be a largely "car-free" event.
    The ODA today confirmed it would spend at least 11.5million on improving the capital's cycle and walking network for this aim.
    Another multi-million-pound fund is being created to improve the Greenway, a strip of land inside and adjacent to the Olympic Park.
    The first cycle route, linking green spaces in Hackney, will run from Finsbury Park to Victoria Park, where 5,000 free bike parking spaces will be created. From here, spectators will walk across the Greenway into the Olympic Park. The second path will run for 6.3 miles from Epping Forest across Wanstead Flats to the Olympic Park.
    Six other cycle routes will be upgraded, with clearer signage and demarcation for walkers and cyclists. Potholes will be filled and routes widened to cope with traffic. Dropped kerbs for wheelchair users will be added and crossings over main roads improved, the ODA document, Move, states. The area north of the Olympic Park will get 2,000 bike parking spaces, with 200 spaces to the south.
    Under the 7.5million Greenway plan this 4.3-mile path and green space, on an embankment from Beckton in Newham to Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets, will be overhauled. The Greenway will give access to the Olympic Park for a fifth of spectators. Most improvements on the Greenway will remain after the Games. Mayor Boris Johnson hailed the "legacy of some fantastic new green ways of getting about the city".

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    Re: Right or wrong: a comprehension question

    Why do you think it's false? There are 2000 spaces north and 200 south of the park.

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    Re: Right or wrong: a comprehension question

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Why do you think it's false? There are 2000 spaces north and 200 south of the park.
    Thanks, SoothingDave. I thought the Olympic area means the area of the Olympic Park referring to the inside of the Park, and doesn't mean the area north and south of the Park, which refers to the outside of the Park. So was I wrong?
    Thank you again.

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    Re: Right or wrong: a comprehension question

    I see what you were thinking. It really should say the area "around" the Olympic Park. Or simply the Olympic Park area.

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    Re: Right or wrong: a comprehension question

    Please note that "true" and "correct" are not the same thing.

    Many English learners confuse these words. True means factual. You can be grammatically correct without being true. You can speak truely without being grammatically correct.

    Earth is the fifth planet from the sun. A correctly written statement that is not true.

    Earth be the three planets from the sun. An incorrectly written statement that is true.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Right or wrong: a comprehension question

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I see what you were thinking. It really should say the area "around" the Olympic Park. Or simply the Olympic Park area.
    Thanks, SoothingDave and Barb D.
    And may I ask another question: Am I right in understanding the following?

    the area of the Olympic Park = the size of the Olympic Park
    the Olympic Park area = the area where the Olympic Park belongs

    Thank you again.

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    Re: Right or wrong: a comprehension question

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Thanks, SoothingDave and Barb D.
    And may I ask another question: Am I right in understanding the following?

    the area of the Olympic Park = the size of the Olympic Park
    the Olympic Park area = the area where the Olympic Park belongs

    Thank you again.
    I would only think the first sentence meant the size of the park and only the park if it was in some sort of math question, or if it said something like "the area of the park is 2 square miles."

    Otherwise, I would read it like I originally did: that it meant the area around and including the park.

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