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    which of the following is better used to describe the economic develppment of a city?

    1. This city has developed fast during the past five years.

    2. The economy of this city has developed fast during the past five years.

    Does the first sentence have a wider meaning than the second sentence?

    Is there a better way to describe the economic develppment of a city?

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    Quote Originally Posted by betterin View Post
    which of the following is better used to describe the economic develppment of a city?
    1. This city has developed fast during the past five years.
    2. The economy of this city has developed fast during the past five years.
    Does the first sentence have a wider meaning than the second sentence?
    Is there a better way to describe the economic develppment of a city?
    I don't know how you could have (2) WITHOUT (1); if the economy of a city develops, the city itself will develop (buildings will get either bigger or 'smarter'). And if you used (1) (which is perfectly acceptable) your listeners might feel you were implying 'yes - there's plenty of new building going on, but I don't see the benefits'). So unless you believe that, or are going on to say something like that, I suggest you use (2) - which also has the advantage of making the focus of the statement the sentence's subject.

    To answer your more general question, I don't know of a better way; there are other ways. You could use other verbs, for example:

    The economy of the city has made great strides...
    The economy of the city has come on [no end/beyond measure] ...


    Or if you wanted to emphasize the visual impact of the new city -

    You should see [town-name] - you wouldn't recognize it.

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    Thanks a lot!

    I think sentence 1 refers to cultural and eucational development besides economic development.

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