Can "road" be used in the following situation:

The original sentence:

They got angry that they were not willing to hear any excuse.

The shortened version:

They got angry unwilling to hear any excuse.

And the update summary was written like this:

Shortened the road for you.

Its intended meaning is that there were many unnecessary words that could be omitted in order to get to the consequence of that group anger faster.

("you" refers to the readers)

So, is that considered as an acceptable and correct usage of "road"? Can it be used in a sarcastic or humorous way? If not, what would the substitute word be?

I have searched for the possible usages of "road" and looked for example sentences but found nothing that supports my usage above.

Here is what I found in Cambridge Dictionary


For future visitors, the shortened version above is NOT correct, and this is how it can be written correctly:

They got angry, unwilling to hear any excuse.

(Notice the comma)


They got angry and were unwilling to hear any excuse.

1 Answer 1


A road can be a literal, physical road, on the ground, that leads from one place to another, or the word can be used figuratively to mean a process, task, or experience. If I have completed a difficult task I might say "This has been a long and rocky road".

Note: both the original sentence and the suggested shortened version are ungrammatical.

  • Thank you for your answer. They became angry that they refused to hear any excuse. - They became angry unwilled to hear any excuse. — are they now grammatically correct? Commented Apr 4, 2019 at 18:39
  • They are worse. Commented Apr 4, 2019 at 18:45
  • I'm not giving up, but I need to know what is wrong with them at least. Commented Apr 4, 2019 at 19:28
  • "They got so angry that they were not willing to hear any excuse." is a possible correction for the first one. You should try to shorten it yourself, but do not use these comments as a lesson space. Commented Apr 4, 2019 at 19:32

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