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    Town Centre / High Street

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Sonata, Jun 17, 2010.

    In the UK these phrases describe the main shopping centre (or road) of a town. I was wondering if their meaning is understood throughout the world and what phrases are used in other countries and regions to describe similar areas?
     
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    In the US, depending on the size of the town, downtown is a common term for the centre of town (maybe / maybe not the business district), and main street is commonly used for the primary retail road.

    In non-English speaking countries of course there would be local language varities, like "le centre ville" in France.
     
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    I think downtown is more common. However, in some city downtown is really downtown as in town on the low ground; it's always be uptown there too though.
     
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    a lot of cities use the actual road name of the main street to describe the main shopping street or use the name of the district. If you are writing a story and have the above phrases in it, people will know what you mean.
     

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