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Language tip of the week: pavement

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, usage, etc.

This week’s language tip helps with the differences in meaning of pavement in American and British English.



In the UK, a pavement is the hard raised level surface at the side of a road that people can walk on: I set it down on the pavement by the door of the shop. American speakers call this a sidewalk.

In the US, pavement means the hard surface of a road: Cars were skidding on the pavement.

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