What is the general term native speakers use for a paved area belonging to the house where you can park cars, walk around, play with a dog etc.?
I am translating a sentence, but there is not much context whether the yard is located in front or back of the building. If I knew that, I would use backyard/frontyard. I just know that there is such a place. It is with a paved surface and there is a large car park, probably no garden or lawn.
"The noise came from the yard..."
Can I use yard? Doesn't it imply that there should also be a garden or at least a strip of lawn...because I guess it is not in my case.
Thank you in advance!