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    vicinity vs neighborhood

    Hello everyone :)
    Could you please help me understand the difference between vicinity and neighborhood?
    When do you use each one of these two words?

    I would like to thank you in advance for your help.
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    Alex.

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    Re: vicinity vs neighborhood

    Quote Originally Posted by dervast View Post
    Hello everyone :)
    Could you please help me understand the difference between vicinity and neighborhood?
    When do you use each one of these two words?

    I would like to thank you in advance for your help.
    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?"

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    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    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?"

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    Re: vicinity vs neighborhood

    Quote Originally Posted by dervast View Post
    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.

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    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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