Maps: Vocabulary

Maps: Vocabulary

Describing Maps and Plans


  • “situated”: The library is situated in the heart of the downtown area.
  • “nestled”: The village of Appleton is nestled in a valley about 30 kilometers north of Redwood.
  • “found”: A community center can be found adjacent to the university campus.
  • “rests”: A charming cafe rests at the intersection of Pine Road and Maple Avenue.


  • “erected”: A new cultural center has been erected adjacent to the old mill.
  • “built up”: The area around the train station has been built up with new retail spaces.
  • “enlarged”: The local gym has been enlarged to accommodate more visitors.
  • “constructed”: A pedestrian bridge has been constructed over the busy highway.
  • “razed”: The old warehouses were razed to make way for a parking lot.
  • “evolved into”: The abandoned lot evolved into a community garden.
  • “cleared away”: Obsolete equipment was cleared away during the renovation of the factory.
  • “repurposed as”: The disused railway station was repurposed as a library.
  • “altered into”: The farmhouse will be altered into a bed and breakfast.
  • “shifted to”: The playground has been shifted to the other side of the park.
  • “displaced”: By the end of the decade, the post office was displaced to the outskirts of the city.

Transportation and Pathways

  • “traverse”: A new trolley line will traverse the main avenue by next spring.
  • “span”: A footbridge now spans the creek in the public park.
  • “bind”: A series of bike paths bind the east side of the lake to the downtown area.
  • “bridge”: A new overpass bridges the gap between the airport and the interstate.
  • “stretch toward”: The coastal road will stretch toward the northern marina.
  • “intersect at”: The new boulevard will intersect at the existing roundabout with Olive Street.
  • “ford”: The old path forded the stream near Willow Farm, but a new bridge has replaced it.

Preposition of Place

  • “outside”: A small island lies outside of the lake.
  • “inside”: You can see some vending machines inside the courtyard.
  • “in the middle of”: There is a newsstand in the middle of the street.
  • “at one end”: At one end of the street, the office building was once a bank.
  • “in front of”: A new laundry stand is situated in front of the City Hall.
  • “next to”: Today, a clothing store is positioned next to the pharmacy.
  • “between”: A garden stands between the two coffee shops.
  • “across from”: Across from the discount store was a cinema.
  • “behind”: Behind the hotel, there was a spacious park.
  • “opposite”: Directly opposite the medical centre on High Street, there was a bookstore.
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