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    Default In west Berling Vs. In west of Berlin

    Hello everybody,

    I'd like to know the difference between these two phrases.
    In the west of Berlin and In west Berlin
    Would someone please clarify the difference for me?
    Many thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: In west Berling Vs. In west of Berlin

    Not a teacher

    I'd say that "In the west of Berlin" means "Situated west from Berlin" and "In west Berlin" means "in the west side of Berlin", which was occupied by the allied forces before the fall of the wall. Have you heard of "West Side Story" reffering to west Los Angeles?

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    Default Re: In west Berling Vs. In west of Berlin

    Is it correct to say "In west Berlin" to mean "in the west of Berlin" or "to the west of Berlin"?


    What's the difference? north , south ...
    I live to the north of England. = I live in Scotland.
    I live north of England.= I live in Scotland.
    I live in the north of England.= I live in Yorkshire, Northumberland, Cumbria, etc.




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    Default Re: In west Berling Vs. In west of Berlin

    Prior to the Berlin Wall falling down in 1989, "in West Berlin" (note the capitalization) would mean the "free" or Democratic side of Berlin (as East Berlin was on the other side of the Wall and was part of the Communist state.) Today, "in west Berlin" would be interpreted to mean a location on the west side of the city of Berlin - for example "He lives near the Havel Lakes in west Berlin."

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    Default Re: In west Berling Vs. In west of Berlin

    Thank you everybody, and sorry for my late reply.
    I'd go for Mannysteps's reply.
    So you mean London Heathrow Airport is "in west London" while Aylesbury or Oxford are "in the west of London".
    Did I get it right?

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    Default Re: In west Berling Vs. In west of Berlin

    So you mean London Heathrow Airport is "in west London" while Aylesbury or Oxford are "in the west of London".
    'London Heathrow Airport is in west London.' Correct.

    'Aylesbury and Oxford are "in the west of London". Wrong.

    'Aylesbury and Oxford are west of London' is correct, as is 'Aylesbury and Oxford are situated to the west of London'.

    Rover

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    Default Re: In west Berling Vs. In west of Berlin

    Thanks a lot Rover KE.

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    Default Re: In west Berling Vs. In west of Berlin

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'London Heathrow Airport is in west London.' Correct.

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    Really To me, Ealing (where I spent my childhood) in the west of London. It's really a western suburb of London; but in the '50s and '60s 'going shopping in town' meant catching a train into the centre. I'd say Heathrow was just to the west of London, and Oxford some way to the west of London.

    And as Ouisch said, 'West Berlin' was a Cold War concept and needs a W.

    b

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    Default Re: In west Berling Vs. In west of Berlin

    The wall through Berlin was more than conceptual.

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    Default Re: In west Berling Vs. In west of Berlin

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    Not a teacher

    I'd say that "In the west of Berlin" means "Situated west from Berlin" and "In west Berlin" means "in the west side of Berlin", which was occupied by the allied forces before the fall of the wall. Have you heard of "West Side Story" reffering to west Los Angeles?
    West Side Story takes place on the west side of Manhattan in New York City.

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