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    a.linguaphile is offline Newbie
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    Question "town" and "city"

    Hi,

    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"?

    Thanks

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Default 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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