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

1. Isn’t 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. Isn’t it hard to find a parking space?
3. With such a large population living in a small city like Tokyo, isn’t it hard to find a parking space?
 

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

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

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

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It's different in the USA: Everglades City, Florida, has a population of 400.
 

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It's different in the USA: Everglades City, Florida, has a population of 400.

It varies by state. Here in Ohio, incorporated municipalities with fewer than 5000 people are villages.
 

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As mentioned above, I rewrote the sentences as follows. Which is more acceptable?

1. Isn’t it hard to find a parking space in such a crowded city as Tokyo?
2. Tokyo is a big city with high population density. Isn’t it hard to find a parking space?
3. With such a large population living in a big city like Tokyo, isn’t it hard to find a parking space?
 

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All three are acceptable. I prefer the first.
 

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I think Tokyo is a populous city.
 

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How about the following sentences?

1. Isn’t it hard to find a parking space in such a populous and crowded city as Tokyo?
2. Isn’t it hard to find a parking space in such a populous, crowded city as Tokyo?
 

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How about the following sentences?

1. Isn’t it hard to find a parking space in such a populous and crowded city as Tokyo?
2. Isn’t it hard to find a parking space in such a populous, crowded city as Tokyo?

Those are both fine.
 

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I think a comma followed by 'a metropolis' can be added after 'Tokyo'.
 

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I don't think "populous" adds anything useful to the sentences. The difficulty in finding a parking spot is due to the crowding, not the absolute number of people who live there.
 
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