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    #1

    My neighborhood is friendly and safe and charming.

    Dear all,

    Do you say, "My neighborhood is friendly"?

    I thought neighborhood normally refers to an area rather than people.

    So, I usually say, "People in my neighborhood are friendly", or "My neighbors are friendly"

    But I happened to see the sentence below.

    "My neighborhood is friendly and safe and charming."

    Is this good English?

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: My neighborhood is friendly and safe and charming.

    I would say: "I live in a friendly, safe and charming neighbourhood."

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    #3

    Re: My neighborhood is friendly and safe and charming.

    A neighborhood can be described as friendly. Of course, that applies to the people who live and work there.

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    #4

    Re: My neighborhood is friendly and safe and charming.

    The same applies to "safe". A neighbourhood itself can't be safe or not safe. It's the people who live there or who frequent it who dictate its safety.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: My neighborhood is friendly and safe and charming.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The same applies to "safe". A neighbourhood itself can't be safe or not safe. It's the people who live there or who frequent it who dictate its safety.
    Quite

    For those learners who are not sure about this, I'll just say that some off us do talk of safe neighbourhoods, with the meaning that emsr2d2 has suggested.

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    #6

    Re: My neighborhood is friendly and safe and charming.

    I'd call "friendly neighbourhood" a metonomy.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/metonymy

    On the other hand, a neighbourhood could be literally unsafe, if it was prone to sinkholes, gas leaks, or was full of asbestos.

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    #7

    Re: My neighborhood is friendly and safe and charming.

    Or radiation, but that is not the common use of "unsafe neighborhood".

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