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    Default In the city / in a city

    Which is correct? More natural (without any special context)?
    1) He lives in a city.
    2) He lives in the city.
    3)He lives in a village.
    4) He lives in the village.
    5) Mark has a family in a village and Tom has a family in the city.
    6) Pete's family is in a town.
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    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Default Re: In the city / in a city

    Few utterances have real meaning without some form of context.

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    Default Re: In the city / in a city



    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Which is correct?
    1) He lives in a city.
    2) He lives in the city.
    3)He lives in a village.
    4) He lives in the village.
    5) Mark has a family in a village and Tom has a family in the city.
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    Excellent! They are correct. However, The city refers to specific city. In other words, listeners or readers know to which city you refer to. On the other hand, "a city" isn't specific, it might be any city. Hope that helps.

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