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CORALINNA

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Portuguese - Brasil
There used to have a park next to the school, but the school was enlarged and the park was torn down.

Can I tear down parks or only constructions like buildings?
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    There used to have be a park next to the school, but the school was enlarged and the park was lost.
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    There used to have a park next to the school, but the school was enlarged and the park was torn down.

    Can I tear down parks or only constructions like buildings?
    It is correct to use "torn down" for any "built" things in the park that were torn down or removed: swings, slides, monkey bars and other things built for children to climb on, sandboxes, water fountains, information boards, bathrooms, benches, awnings for shade, picnic tables, and many other things that some parks have.

    If we are describing things individually, sidewalks and other paved paths are "torn up", trees are "cut down", and grass is "dug up".

    But if you want to simply say everything in the whole park was removed, to be replaced by school buildings and school playgrounds, "torn down" is a reasonable phrase. We say "tear down" a building, but we also say "tear down" an entire site containing temporary or permanent structures.
     
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