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    Is there any difference between "Metro" and "Subway"

    Dictionaries tell me, METRO is an urban, usually underground, railway system in certain cities, such as Paris.
    and SUBWAY is an underground urban railroad, usually operated by electricity.
    So, I think the main difference between the two words is that METRO is usually used to describe the subways in or around Paris.
    But, in Chengdu, China where I am living, people use METRO instead of SUBWAY.
    Did they use the wrong word? or is there any other reason they choose METRO?
    As I know, in China, when we study English, we usually model on British or American English. Why do Chinese people choose METRO, a word comes from France, instead of UK or US?
    THANKS VERY MUCH!

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    Re: Is there any difference between "Metro" and "Subway"

    I hope this link can help you

    subway: Definition and Much More from Answers.com

    That's called borrowing. English words are not 100% orginally from England. It borrowed words from different langauges such Latin, Greek, French, Arabic etc. If your study etymology, you'll find that many familiar words which we use ever day are not originally English.
    For more, click here
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    Re: Is there any difference between "Metro" and "Subway"

    AmE: Subway is an underground railway
    BrE: Subway is a passage underneath something impassable such as a major road or river (usually for pedestrians, but sometimes vehicles too).

    Metro is often used in cities to mean an underground transport system. This comes from "metropolitan transport system" (I'm guessing). In London we call it either "The [London] Underground" (officially) or The Tube (colloquially). However, in other British cities, they also call their transport systems Metro.

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    Re: Is there any difference between "Metro" and "Subway"

    Quote Originally Posted by registered View Post
    Dictionaries tell me, METRO is an urban, usually underground, railway system in certain cities, such as Paris.
    and SUBWAY is an underground urban railroad, usually operated by electricity.
    So, I think the main difference between the two words is that METRO is usually used to describe the subways in or around Paris.
    But, in Chengdu, China where I am living, people use METRO instead of SUBWAY.
    Did they use the wrong word? or is there any other reason they choose METRO?
    As I know, in China, when we study English, we usually model on British or American English. Why do Chinese people choose METRO, a word comes from France, instead of UK or US?
    THANKS VERY MUCH!
    Metro and subway- both mean underground railway.It's subway in US and metro in Paris.
    In India, it's metro.I think,it is called metro, as this facility is only available in metropolitan cities.
    Regards,
    rj1948.
    Last edited by rj1948; 11-Jun-2008 at 18:55.


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    Re: Is there any difference between "Metro" and "Subway"

    The London Underground
    The New York Subway
    The Paris Metro


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    Re: Is there any difference between "Metro" and "Subway"

    And in Moscow?


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    Re: Is there any difference between "Metro" and "Subway"

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    And in Moscow?
    Метро


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    Re: Is there any difference between "Metro" and "Subway"

    Ah well, the Russians have always had a thing about France


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    Re: Is there any difference between "Metro" and "Subway"

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Ah well, the Russians have always had a thing about France
    So has had England


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    Re: Is there any difference between "Metro" and "Subway"

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    So has had England
    But not quite the same thing!

    Sorry - I'm not being very serious tonight

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