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    Nathalia Nafarin is offline Newbie
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    Brussel or Brussels

    I hear people say : the Brusselsairport.
    And ... do we say :
    he's running for 20 km of Brussel or he's running for 20 km of Brussels ?
    And ... why is it so ?
    Thanks in advanced for the answer.


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    Re: Brussel or Brussels

    If you mean the city in Belgium, it is "Brussels."

    I don't know what you mean by "running for 20 km of Brussels."

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    Re: Brussel or Brussels

    I notice that your current location is Belgium, Nathalia. In that country you will hear 'Brussel' a lot.

    Dutch (Flemish) speakers in Belgium call the capital 'Brussel', French speakers call it 'Bruxelles' and German speakers call it 'Brüssel'.

    The pronunciations are virtually identical (the final s in Bruxelles is not pronounced).

    'Brussels' (with a sounded final s) is the anglicised name of the city. That's what English speakers call it.

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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 14-Jun-2013 at 09:32.

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    Brussel or Brussels

    Thank you so much, Rover_Ke.
    Your answer has been very helpful.
    Good day and till later.

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    Re: Brussel or Brussels

    Thank you for your reaction.
    Yes, it is the city in Belgium.
    And "running for 20 km of Brussels" is a name of an activity organized in Brussel (or 'Brussels'/Eng) once a year.
    This sentence - running for 20 km of Brussels - is mentioned in the exercise in our English class. That's it.
    Have a good day and till the next opportunity, SoothingDave.

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    Re: Brussel or Brussels

    Ahh! Got it! You're talking about the Brussel's half-marathon or the 20km of Brussels (click on the underlined link).

    So we'd say 'He's running in the 20km of Brussels' or more likely 'He's running (in) the Brussels 20K'.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 14-Jun-2013 at 09:48.

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    Re: Brussel or Brussels

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I notice that your current location is Belgium, Nathalia. In that country you will hear 'Brussel' a lot.

    Dutch (Flemish) speakers in Belgium call the capital 'Brussel', French speakers call it 'Bruxelles' and German speakers call it 'Brüssel'.

    The pronunciations are virtually identical (the final s in Bruxelles is not pronounced).

    'Brussels' (with a sounded final s) is the anglicised name of the city. That's what English speakers call it.

    Rover
    To further confuse things, you will typically hear people refer to "Brussel sprouts" because the "s" at the end of "Brussels" runs into the one at the start of "sprouts."

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    Re: Brussel or Brussels

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I notice that your current location is Belgium, Nathalia. In that country you will hear 'Brussel' a lot.

    Dutch (Flemish) speakers in Belgium call the capital 'Brussel', French speakers call it 'Bruxelles' and German speakers call it 'Brüssel'.

    The pronunciations are virtually identical (the final s in Bruxelles is not pronounced).

    'Brussels' (with a sounded final s) is the anglicised name of the city. That's what English speakers call it.

    Rover
    Incidentally, the s is a trace of a locative case. English frequently treats French place-names in this cavalier fashion: B Eng 'Lyons'/French Lyon,
    'Marseilles'/Marseille. No doubt, in a fit of pique, the burgers of Lutetium renamed their city in a way that we couldn't mess up - although in speech we do when we say 'Paris'

    b

    PS My last two sentences are a joke; I'm sure nothing like this really happened.

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    Re: Brussel or Brussels

    Though in spoken BrE we don't pronounce the "s" at the end of either "Lyons" or "Marseilles", whereas we do with "Brussels".

    Edit: Come to think of it, I've never seen "Lyons", only "Lyon".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Brussel or Brussels

    You young things. I'm sure older maps/atlases all used the s.

    b

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