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    move into <the city>

    A dialog between two students in the movie Spider-Man:
    -- So where are you going after you graduate?
    -- I wanna move into the city. And hopefully, get a job as a photographer. Work my way through college.

    The movie is set somewhere in the US, I don't know where exactly. Am I right that they live somewhere in the suburbs and "the city" is the nearest (large) city to their place? Thank you.


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    Re: move into <the city>

    Spiderman is set in the New York City area. In that area, the City means either "New York City" or, if you're already within that city's limits, the borough of Manhattan. Using the City​ that way is typical of the New York region but not generalized to the entire US.
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    Re: move into <the city>

    But, yes, you are correct generally. "The city" would refer to the nearest large place.

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    Re: move into <the city>

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    But, yes, you are correct generally. "The city" would refer to the nearest large place.
    If I told someone in my neighborhood that I was going into the city, they'd ask "Which one?" It doesn't work here, nor in many other parts of the country.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 10-Oct-2016 at 17:19. Reason: To fix a typo. I wrote "not" where I meant "nor".
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    Re: move into <the city>

    True, but it works in the areas around big cities. Suburbs and "greater metropolitan areas."

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    Re: move into <the city>

    It would depend on the area, I guess. It certainly wouldn't work in the Los Angeles area, but I suppose it might around Chicago.
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