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    Re: Is there a name for this area?

    We don't use "lawn" for the grass on a riverbank. A lawn is specifically a well-kept area of grass in a private garden.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is there a name for this area?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We don't use "lawn" for the grass on a riverbank. A lawn is specifically a well-kept area of grass in a private garden.
    Should I say grass or turf?

    We sat on a gentle slope on the riverbank covered in unkempt grass.

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    Re: Is there a name for this area?

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Should I say grass or turf?

    We sat on a gentle slope on the riverbank covered in unkempt grass.
    How about "a gently sloping riverbank"? It saves words.
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    Re: Is there a name for this area?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    How about "a gently sloping riverbank"? It saves words.
    Are these both okay?

    1. We sat on a gentle slope on the riverbank covered in unkempt grass.

    2. We sat on a gently sloping riverbank covered in unkempt grass.

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    Re: Is there a name for this area?

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Are these both okay?

    1. We sat on a gentle slope on the riverbank covered in unkempt grass.

    2. We sat on a gently sloping riverbank covered in unkempt grass.
    Also, is there another verb more appropriate than "cover" that I can use?

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    Re: Is there a name for this area?

    We can assume that it's sloping. If it weren't, it would be in the river. And we can assume the slope is gentle, otherwise it wouldn't be grassy and we couldn't sit on it.

    So I'd just say: We sat on a grassy riverbank.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 20-Apr-2021 at 22:48. Reason: Fix typos.
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    Re: Is there a name for this area?

    Alpa, I had never heard of unkempt grass before. Besides, the grass in that picture is short. So it must have been mowed recently.
    Last edited by Tarheel; 21-Apr-2021 at 13:44. Reason: Fix typo
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    Re: Is there a name for this area?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Alpa, I had never heard of unkempt grass before. . . .
    Come to Maine! We don't do kempt.
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    Re: Is there a name for this area?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    How about "a gently sloping riverbank"? It saves words.
    alpacinoutd has never shown the slightest interest in saving words.

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