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    Cool field road?

    Hi

    Can I say "... driving on a field road"? (a non-asphalted road)

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    Re: field road?

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    Hi

    Can I say "... driving on a field road"? (a non-asphalted road)
    I've never heard that in BrE. We just call them "unmade" roads, as far as I know. If you're being specific you might say you were driving on a farm track or a dirt track.

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    Re: field road?

    Agree with Gillnetter and add that there are regional colloquialisms for roads. Where I come from- rural Midwestern US- unpaved public roads are called 'dirt roads' or 'gravel roads'. There are very few dirt roads still in existence.

    A private passage for a farmer's individual use as Gillnetter describes would be called a 'lane' where I come from. A gravel or dirt public road so seldom used that grass is growing between two bare strips might be called a 'double track' in describing it, but still refered to as a 'road'. A two-lane, asphalt-paved rural public road is called a 'blacktop'. The same description paved with concrete is called a 'hardroad'.

    I've never heard the term 'field road', though I repeat- there are regional and national variations.

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    Re: field road?

    I'm familiar with "blacktop" as a description of a road's surface, but not to be used to name a road. Never heard any road called a "hardroad."

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    Cool Re: field road?

    Re-hi,

    Dirt road is not kind of pejorative? And what about "land road"?

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    Re: field road?

    "Dirt road" is common for me. Or even simply "unpaved road."

    "Land road" doesn't make any sense to me at all.
    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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