Can we say:

Streets that have poor pavements


Streets having poor pavement


2 Answers 2


Because you are talking about streets in the plural, then I think it needs to be pavements in the plural.

The slight complication is that pavement means slightly different things in UK and US English.

In the UK, pavement is the solid, usually raised, area on either side of the street. (This is the sidewalk in the US.) This would need to be plural (pavements) in your sentence.

In the US, pavement is the hard surface of the street itself. This is uncountable and would need to be singular (pavement) in your sentence.

  • In the US, we would just say "pavement", too, because it's a mass noun, like "Beaches have sand", and not "Beaches have sands."
    – stangdon
    Jul 29, 2018 at 20:53
  • I haven't heard "pavement" used that way in the UK. When I was there 45 years ago, they used the term "footpath" or just "path." Is there some regional usage variation?
    – BobRodes
    Jul 30, 2018 at 6:13
  • @BobRodes Here is a definition that fits my understanding of the word: British 1 A raised paved or asphalted path for pedestrians at the side of a road.. To me a footpath is a purely pedestrian path, possibly paved, through a garden, a field, woods, etc. Jul 30, 2018 at 7:59
  • @JamesRandom I wasn't aware of that, and thanks for linking the dictionary definition. Yes, they used the term footpath or path to mean something like a path through the woods as well, what we Americans would call a path. I thought it a bit strange when I first got there (age 13) and heard everyone calling the sidewalk the path (right up there with calling the ground outside the "floor"), except -- of course -- our teachers who called it the footpath. But I don't recall hearing the sidewalk referred to as the pavement. Interesting.
    – BobRodes
    Jul 30, 2018 at 14:16
  • @BobRodes Maybe it is a regional thing. Where were you? Jul 30, 2018 at 14:20

Why not say: poorly paved streets?

Is that what is actually meant? The paving in the streets is not adequate or good enough.

A pavement or sidewalk is different:

Streets with inadequate pavements or sidewalks.

Somehow, I think you mean the first.

  • thank you. your answer really helped. I'm just curious is 'Streets having poor pavement' correct?
    – Ash
    Jul 29, 2018 at 16:11
  • Street with poor pavements/pavement and poor paving are common in some counties in the state of Texas. :0
    – Lambie
    Jul 29, 2018 at 16:27
  • Is 'Streets having poor pavement' grammatically correct either?
    – Ash
    Jul 29, 2018 at 16:29
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    It depends on many factors. Something can be grammatically correct and stylistically poor English (or any language). It is not wrong but it could be very awkward.
    – Lambie
    Jul 29, 2018 at 16:44

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