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    • Join Date: Sep 2007
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    Question "town" and "city"


    I am curious to know why there is this following difference:

    1. He is not in town now.

    2. He is not in the city now.

    Why is "the" needed before "city"?


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    Re: "town" and "city"

    "in town" is a collocation meaning he is not around at present. He may be away on business or on holiday or just not in the office that day.

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