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I found some phrases in dictionaries but I do not know if these words/phrases are really used by native speakers. Sometimes my dictionaries make me choose the wrong word and I don't have a feeling for what is common.

I selected the best but want to ask native speakers if this is valid usage and common/often used - please help with phrases.

Can I use such phrases/words:

  1. route or directions (as way between two points)?
  2. route duration time or route duration (as time to travel between two points)?
  3. route distance (as distance to travel between two points)?
  4. directions map (as map between two points)?

Can I use same the phrase/words to describe delivery (i.e. takeaway food):

  1. delivery route (as way between two points)?
  2. delivery duration time or route duration (as time to travel between two points)?
  3. delivery distance (as distance to travel between two points)?
  4. maximum delivery time or maximum delivery duration?
  5. maximum delivery distance?
  6. price depends on delivery distance?
  7. price depends on delivery time or price depends on delivery duration (not sure if I could use duration in place of time)?
  8. delivery hours (when delivery is possible similar to a store's hours)?

Which is better:

  1. delivery duration or route duration (as time of travel between points)?
  2. delivery distance or route distance (as distance of travel between points)?

It is a little long but I want to give full context. You could copy the whole context and comment if you wish to do so or just point out what is wrong/good.

closed as not a real question by WendiKidd Apr 28 '13 at 23:46

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    All those phrases are business-speak. What do you want these phrases for? A business? They all seem reasonably clear and understandable, but they're not sentences. You'll have to put them into sentences that you want to use, provide a context, and ask a reasonable question. – user264 Apr 27 '13 at 15:22
  • I could put them all into sentences but still not feel what is common use. I want use them also without sentences like labels. Yes it is related to travel and delivery. I do not what use business/technical slang always prefer to use common communicative language. Should I make separate question with sentences with full context. This question could be quite useful since this currently it is often used. – Chameleon Apr 27 '13 at 20:42
  • My experience with business-speak like this is that it's more common than "common communicative language", which I'll assume means "the language native speakers use when they have conversations". The writers of this type of information like to use as few words as possible & as many phrases found in similar explanations from other companies. That makes sense because it leads to standard phrases, but that doesn't always mean standard meanings. Looking at explanations of shipping policies may help. – user264 Apr 28 '13 at 1:46
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    Hi Chameleon. One of the requirements of questions on this site is that there is a single specific, answerable question posted. Unfortunately you're asking many things at once, and none of them is particularly fleshed out. So unfortunately I'm going to have to close this as Not A Real Question. If you'd like to edit this question to ask a single question, you're welcome to do so and @ message me to request reopening. Thanks! – WendiKidd Apr 28 '13 at 23:46
  • @WendiKidd Not really understand of use of 12 separated questions split from context - it good for yes/no but nor for language I think. Can you explain how do you imagine split of this question as you suggested - to make good questions and answers? – Chameleon May 1 '13 at 17:33
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1) route or directions (as way between two points)? - route is better, directions mean more like the instructions from A to B.

2) Duration of travel, or more informally - travel time

3) Distance of travel, or more informally - travel distance

4) I don't quite know what you mean.


1) Delivery route

2) Delivery time

3) Delivery distance

4) Maximum delivery time

5) Maximum delivery radius (most takeaways go by radii rather than distance)

6/7) Delivery cost/charges relative to delivery distance/time.

8) Delivery hours


Would use delivery time and delivery distance.

  • ad4. directions map - mean something like this (goo.gl/maps/IxyZG) – Chameleon Apr 27 '13 at 20:46
  • ad5. maximum delivery radius - currently it is changing radius is not good since river/traffic jams - geo service allow simply calculate distance/duration i.e. Google Map. – Chameleon Apr 27 '13 at 20:50
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Route or directions

One might ask for directions:

Could you give me directions to the movie theater?

One might wonder about the route:

Is this the best route to the theater? It might be faster to take Main St.

Although a typical informal conversation would probably just use way instead of route

Is this the best way to the theater? It might be faster to take Main St.

Route duration time is not typical.

A native would probably just say "How long will it take to get there?"

A pilot might talk about time en route or ETE (Estimated Time En route)

Route distance

A native would probably just say, "How far is it?" or "How many miles is it?"

Delivery route

The term delivery route is typically used to describe the usual path a delivery truck takes when making its rounds.

If you are calling for delivery of take-out food or are the delivery person asking for directions to the caller's home, you'd probably just ask, "Can you give me directions to your house?"

Delivery distance, maximum delivery distance

Restaurants that deliver usually speak in terms of a delivery area. The area could be defined by a set of intersecting roads:

We deliver as far north as Route 60, as far south as Route 101, east to Power Rd and west to Main st.

Sometimes they will also just talk about a delivery radius:

We deliver up to 10 miles.

Maximum delivery time

Not sure if you are intending to mean you define your delivery area in terms of travel time instead of distance or that you guarantee delivery in "30 minutes or less"

Our delivery charge is $0.50 / mile

Delivery hours is fine. Especially when the hours are quoted right afterward:

Delivery Hours: 9AM - 10PM.

Delivery duration or route duration, delivery distance or route distance

Don't use route in either case. More context is needed to understand whether you could replace duration with time without causing confusion. (Delivery time could reasonably be 28 minutes in the right context, but it could also be 7:35pm in a different context).

  • Restaurants usually speak in terms of delivery area, radius but it is changing after improvement geolocation i.e. Google Maps - now you could calculate enough accurate distance or duration of delivery. You could say that you could delivery if duration time will shorter than 30 minutes (it will depend on day of week/time of day (indirectly traffic jams). It is much easier customer not need study radius or duration - you just get answer yes or no if delivery possible. – Chameleon Apr 27 '13 at 20:57
  • Maximum delivery time == in this context it is time to travel delivery distance at specific/day of week/hour of day. It looks that is wrong name - since maximum delivery time is more related to "guarantee delivery in 30 minutes" than to predicted travel duration. it looks that maximum delivery time == food preparation time + delivery time. Thank you for suggestions. – Chameleon Apr 27 '13 at 21:03
  • I will use phrase with more context delivery duration conquers route duration as you said - thank you for whole suggestions was very good - I am not native speaker and many times was bound with dictionaries faults. – Chameleon Apr 27 '13 at 21:09
  • @Chameleon- As a consumer I would boycott any restaurant that changed its mind about whether it could deliver to me or not based on variables that were not in my control (i.e., the traffic). So while theoretically possible to compute whether a delivery could be made to my address in 30 minutes I hope you aren't seriously considering employing such a model for an actual restaurant. You could provide an estimated delivery time based on your algorithm and then let the customer decide whether wanted to wait or not. But don't decide for them, that will just make them mad. – Jim Apr 27 '13 at 21:42

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