1. ## vicinity vs neighborhood

Hello everyone :)
When do you use each one of these two words?

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Alex.

2. ## Re: vicinity vs neighborhood

Originally Posted by dervast
Hello everyone :)
When do you use each one of these two words?

Best Regards
Alex.
Vicinity generally simply means somewhere nearby.

A neighbourhood can be a delineated area that might even have a name. There may be several recognised neighbourhoods within a town or city.

Example:

Is there a bank in the vicinity? Here, you would want to know if there is a bank near your current location, within a reasonably short distance. The answer might be "No, I'm afraid there's not" or "Yes, there's one just around the corner."

Is there a bank in this neighbourhood? Here, you are asking if there is a bank within a specific area of the town. The answer here would probably be "Yes, there are lots of them in the neighbourhood. Which bank do you need?"

3. ## Re: vicinity vs neighborhood

Thanks for the answer.. so for me they look quite the same as they can be used both to ask if there is a bank(something) close.

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
Vicinity generally simply means somewhere nearby.

A neighbourhood can be a delineated area that might even have a name. There may be several recognised neighbourhoods within a town or city.

Example:

Is there a bank in the vicinity? Here, you would want to know if there is a bank near your current location, within a reasonably short distance. The answer might be "No, I'm afraid there's not" or "Yes, there's one just around the corner."

Is there a bank in this neighbourhood? Here, you are asking if there is a bank within a specific area of the town. The answer here would probably be "Yes, there are lots of them in the neighbourhood. Which bank do you need?"

4. ## Re: vicinity vs neighborhood

Originally Posted by dervast
Thanks for the answer.. so for me they look quite the same as they can be used both to ask if there is a bank(something) close.
Well, as I said, they're similar but not quite the same. I would say that neighbourhood refers to a larger area.

5. ## Re: vicinity vs neighborhood

Not a teacher.

"Neighborhood" implies that you are somewhere near structures and other buildings and people.

You could be out in the middle of nowhere and still talk about what is in your vicinity.

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