"... the park is 700 acres wide..."

monsley

New Member
Spain, Catalan, Spanish
Hello! I have a question regarding how to express area surface size. I know modifiers are required when talking about height, for instance; if a tower's size is 30 metres, then I must say "the tower is 30 metres tall" or "30 metres high". How should I express area surface? I am writing about the size of the gardens of Beijing's Summer Palace. The format is an informal conversation between friends who are visiting, and the text will be read out on the radio.

I thought the proper way might be "The gardens are 700 acres wide", but I haven't been able to find out whether this is grammatically correct. "The gardens are 700 acres" doesn't sound right to me, but I can't think of any other words but "wide".

Thank you in advance.
 
  • Regelax

    New Member
    Finland, Finnish
    As acre is a unit of area, you can't say that. I think you could say that the area of the park is 700 acres.
     

    monsley

    New Member
    Spain, Catalan, Spanish
    Thank you very much, Regelax and Galin. I'll go for "cover", since saying it is 700 acres feels so odd to me.
     
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