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    #1

    densely populated

    Which of the following sentences is better or natural? Please help me correct the errors. Thanks!

    1. Isnít it hard to find a parking space in such a densely populated city like Kyoto?
    2. Tokyo is a small city with high population density. Isnít it hard to find a parking space?
    3. With such a large population living in a small city like Tokyo, isnít it hard to find a parking space?

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    #2

    Re: densely populated

    I would replace 'like' with 'as' in #1
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    #3

    Re: densely populated

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    I would replace 'like' with 'as' in #1
    Wouldn't your comment apply to #3 as well?

    I think it is odd to say "Tokyo is a small city".
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    #4

    Re: densely populated

    The writer is clearly saying that Tokyo is a small city. Whether it is or not is not the question.

    You could replace 'like' in #3 with 'such as' but just 'as' doesn't work for me.
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    Re: densely populated

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    The writer is clearly saying that Tokyo is a small city. Whether it is or not is not the question.

    You could replace 'like' in #3 with 'such as' but just 'as' doesn't work for me.
    Why is that "as" works in #1 but not in #3?
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    #6

    Re: densely populated

    In #1 we have, 'such a densely populated city [like] as Kyoto'. 'Such as' refers to the city.

    In #3 we have, 'such a large population living in a small city like Tokyo'. 'Such' refers to the population.
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    #7

    Re: densely populated

    "Crowded" seems more natural than "densely populated."

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    #8

    Re: densely populated

    Small​ is ambiguous in "small city"; it can refer to the geographic extent or the population. You should find a different way to describe Tokyo's size.
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    #9

    Re: densely populated

    You would have to specify "geographically small" or some such. Even then, I would question that. The city itself is 845 square miles.

    To me, a "small city" would be less than 10,000 people.

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    #10

    Re: densely populated

    To me, 10,000 people do not a city make. We call that a town.
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