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    What verb can I use here?

    I need a verb to complete this sentence:

    The narrow, winding street was...with brick buildings. A big pickup could not pass it.

    I know I can use "cram" but I want something else.

    I thought about "stuffed" but it feels wrong.

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    Re: What verb can I use here?

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    I need a verb to complete this sentence:

    The narrow, winding street was walled by/hemmed in by brick buildings. A big pickup could not get through it/make it through.

    I know I can use "cram" but I want something else.

    I thought about "stuffed" but it feels wrong.
    The street itself doesn't have buildings. The buildings are on either side of the street.

    I know. Picky, picky, picky.
    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: What verb can I use here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    The street itself doesn't have buildings. The buildings are on either side of the street.

    I know. Picky, picky, picky.
    Who says I don't like picky? I like it Charlie, very much so.

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    Re: What verb can I use here?

    I wonder if you're familiar with the word chock-a-block.

    https://www.collinsdictionary.com/di.../chock-a-block

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    Re: What verb can I use here?

    What about "lined with brick buildings"?

    Actually, a street is narrow due to the way it was planned, which depends on the traffic volume. The presence of buildings do not make any difference though the street may appear narrower with buildings hemmed in from both sides.
    Last edited by tedmc; 19-Apr-2021 at 01:02.
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    Re: What verb can I use here?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    The presence of buildings does not make any difference .
    See above.
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    Re: What verb can I use here?

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I wonder if you're familiar with the word chock-a-block.

    https://www.collinsdictionary.com/di.../chock-a-block
    I actually was familiar with it, but I didn't think about here. It's a great suggestion.

    So is this okay?

    The narrow, winding street was chock-a-block with brick buildings. A big pickup could not get through it.

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    Re: What verb can I use here?

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post

    So is this okay?

    The narrow, winding street was chock-a-block with brick buildings. A big pickup could not get through it.
    Is it?

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    Re: What verb can I use here?

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    I actually was familiar with it, but I didn't think about here. It's a great suggestion.

    So is this okay?

    The narrow, winding street was chock-a-block with brick buildings. A big pickup could not get through it.
    Yes.
    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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