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Hi,
where the road is not straight and bends, there's a curve. And where it is straight, what is it?

What do you call a stretch of road that is straight in American English? Straightaway? Straight? It's "rettilineo" in Italian.
Thank you Emotion: smile

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Straightaway works. So does "straight stretch of road."
Hi Kooyeen, hi Barb Emotion: smile

just out of curiousity: my dictionary "says" only that 'straightaway' is an adverb that means 'immediately' or 'at once', could it be because it's mainly a British English dictionary? Emotion: rolleyes In fact 'rettilineo' is translated just with 'straight' or 'a straight stretch'

Grazie and Thanks Emotion: wink
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Thanks.
Cesca, one of my dictionaries says
straight: the straight part of a race track (especially British English).
...but another dictionary says nothing about being British English or not.

They say "straightaway" is American English though (but one says it is used for race tracks, so I was not sure it was ok for common roads too)
Emotion: smile
It's certainly the word for the straight bit in a race track.

The more I thitnk about it, the more I think we say "that straight straetch." I'm trying to think of when I'd use it.

You know where Miller Road has that straightaway, past the golfcourse? That's where I got my speeding ticket.

But I think I'd proababy be more likely to say "that straight stretch past the golf course on Miller Road."
I see, thanks.
You don't have a word for that. Well, it's not vital, after all. Emotion: smile
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Not that I've gotten a speeding ticket in almost 20 years, you understand... not on Miller Road, not near the golf course, not anywhere! Emotion: stick out tongue
KooyeenI see, thanks.
You don't have a word for that. Well, it's not vital, after all. Emotion: smile

Hi Kooyeen,

I don't really understand what you said. Could you explain it to me, please? I mean what do you mean by 'word for that'? Thank you. Emotion: smile

Best wishes,

PBF

I don't really understand what you said. Could you explain it to me, please? I mean what do you mean by 'word for that'?
You (Americans) don't have a word to use for that thing I asked about (a straight stretch of road). I say "rettilineo", and Americans say... nothing. They don't have an equivalent word.
That's what I meant Emotion: smile
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