Can't find a word, help.
This time my problem is to find an adjective that, applied to the word «road», would mean a road that is in bad condition, like it hasn't been maintained for a long time and many heavy trucks and even tracked vehicles have been driving by it every day.
That's it, in one sentence.
Thanks in advance.
There isn't one. All I can think of is that the road has many potholes. So maybe a potholed road... who knows.
One more word English is missing ;)
Are you sure?
Many thanks then... Will come back tomorrow to see if somebody has posted a suggestion. Bye.
You may say that it is a "worn road", meaning that road has been used a lot and is showing signs of damage.
Thank you very much, guys!
One more question: I am right in thinking that "crumbling road" relates only to a road with hard surface (asphalt,...)?
Dirt roads will often develop speed-bump like ripples over time, necessitating periodic grading to smooth them back out; we call those "washboard roads" But you're right, a dirt road would not "crumble"; that only applies to hard-surfaced roads.
You can also say that roads are all torn up -- similar to worn out. If the damage is water-based, you can call them washed-out.
What about a "rough road"?
I think, it's ok except it doesn't stress that the road _has been made_ such through intesive use and lack of maintance. The word should emphasize deterioration of age.
Is it correct to say "deterioration of age"?
A more common term for the deterioration that comes with age ("OF" sounds weird to me) is "wear and tear".
You can also say "deterioration DUE TO age".
By the way, the word "deteriorate" already has the passage of time implicit in its meaning.
And it's "inteNsive" and "maintEnance".
And I would say "has been made SO" or "has been made THAT WAY" rather than "has been made SUCH".
I thought of it as being like "death _of_ hunger"...
That's what makes English fun! ;p