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    Dear all,
    If you simply hear, "The photographer had a big sunny studio in a building in the city..."

    does "the city" mean "the city centre", or "a particular city in the context"?

    I heard that in British English "the city" can mean the busy area in a city, like "downtown" in American English. So, I'm not sure what "the city" refers to in the sentence above.
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    Default Re: in the city

    It depends on context. It could just mean 'city' as opposed to 'country.

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    Default Re: in the city

    Or in the city limits and not in one of the adjoining communities. Not necessarily in a downtown.

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    Default Re: in the city

    If it was capitalised, the "City" would refer to the financial district of London, also known as the "Square Mile".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: in the city

    I think "the city" in this case means downtown







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    Default Re: in the city

    Quote Originally Posted by yazmin cruz View Post
    I think "the city" in this case means downtown
    We simply cannot be certain without more context.

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