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    "city center" and "city's center"

    Hello.

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    center
    6 [count] : the main part of a town or city where there are many stores, restaurants, offices, etc.
    ▪ the town/city center
    ▪ efforts to rebuild the city's center [=downtown]

    Do city center and city's center mean the same thing?

    Thank you.


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    Smile Re: "city center" and "city's center"

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    center
    6 [count] : the main part of a town or city where there are many stores, restaurants, offices, etc.
    ▪ the town/city center
    ▪ efforts to rebuild the city's center [=downtown]

    Do city center and city's center mean the same thing?

    Thank you.
    I don't think so. In "city center", "city" is a noun used as an adjective. In "city's center", "city" is a possessive noun.

    I'd have to think hard in order to consider a real discernable difference beyond that of a nuance between the two phrases.

    Maybe someone else can talk about some sort of difference between the two.

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