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    concrete ocean

    Hello.

    Can I use "concrete ocean" to describe a big city?

    What do you think about this sentence?

    I went to the balcony and looked out the city, a vast expanse of concrete ocean stretched into infinity.

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    Re: concrete ocean

    We usually describe a densely built-up city as a concrete jungle.
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    Re: concrete ocean

    Sure. If you like the imagery, go ahead. It's original.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: concrete ocean

    I don't think sea works well because it is flat and featureless.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 28-Sep-2020 at 08:08. Reason: typo
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    Re: concrete ocean

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I don't think sea works well because it is flat and featueless.
    True. But I think it depends on what Al is getting at. We don't know the context.

    Fly over Los Angeles sometime. Then take a ferry across the Bay of Fundy in a storm. Then tell us which one is flat and featureless.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 23-Sep-2020 at 03:45.
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