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My freelancer, who is a native speaker, wrote this sentence. I wonder if he used "layout" because he was describing the maps and not the park. Would it be better to remove "layout" and simply say "the park has been updated" if I want to describe the changes to the park?

The park layout has been updated to include modern facilities, which have replaced some natural features.

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Your freelancer is correct. "Layout" in this sense means "the way that something is arranged." It often takes a noun adjunct, so "the park layout" means "the way that the park is arranged."

Removing the word "layout" would make the sentence sound less idiomatic. The word "update" is most often applied to man-made structures, so it makes more sense to say that you're updating the park layout than to say that you're updating the park itself.

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  • Thank you very much for your answer. That is to say, when you say that you update a website, you actually mean you update the structures of the site? Or I shouldn't compare a park to a website? Feb 13, 2023 at 15:04
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    @newbieforever - To update the text on you website is to update your webpage (i.e. your restaurant does not serve lunch on Monday anymore). To update site structure (i.e. which pages take you where), to switch from one web technology to another (Microsoft to Linux), to change from a textual HTML interface to a graphical interface, is to update the structure of your website. The differences are very small and might not be noticed in casual conversation.
    – EllieK
    Feb 13, 2023 at 15:17
  • To "update" means to improve something by making it more suitable for the present time. "Update a website" is fine because (unlike parks) websites are manmade. It doesn't actually need to be a structure, but it typically does need to be something manmade.
    – alphabet
    Feb 13, 2023 at 15:35
  • I would agree, the bandstand has been updated to an amphitheatre
    – WendyG
    Feb 13, 2023 at 16:06
  • "Removing the word 'layout' would make the sentence sound less idiomatic." A little bit of Googling suggests that this may not be true. I can find a decent number of examples of "the park was updated" but no examples of "the park layout was updated" or "the layout of the park was updated" or "the park's layout was updated".
    – Juhasz
    Feb 13, 2023 at 22:49

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