1. Brindelune Member

    French - France

    Je trouve la phrase suivante : "Ms Fishel quickly did a U-turn and gave chase. She stayed with the Jeep on surface streets and caught the driver on a highway in Dawson County" (NYT - Oct 08)

    Je voudrais savoir si "surface streets" a un sens particulier ou si cela s'oppose éventuellement à des ... "underground streets" !!?? Pourquoi le journaliste donne-t-il cette précision à votre avis ?

    Je vous remercie de votre aide.

    Thanks. : )
  2. Gutenberg

    Gutenberg Senior Member

    Province de Québec, Canada
    français international
    Surface street

    Definition: A surface street is a standard road that runs at ground level. This term is generally used to differentiate a particular road from a freeway.
  3. Brindelune Member

    French - France
    Thanks very much Gutenberg, that's exactly what I needed !

    Cheers : )
  4. funnyhat Senior Member

    Michigan, USA
    American English
    Nowadays, the term doesn't have much to do with the level of the road. It's generally used just to describe any road or street that is not a highway/freeway.
  5. Brindelune Member

    French - France
    Thanks Funnyhat for the precision. I appreciate.

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