Are you a native of or in this city?

l3376876

Banned
Chinese, Taiwan
If you want to ask someone if s/he grew up in this city, how would you ask? Are you a native "in this city" or "of this city?" If both are acceptable, are there any tricky differences?
 
  • kayokid

    Senior Member
    English, USA
    Hello. "Are you a native of this city/of Chicago?" is correct. In this sentence "in this city" does not work. Hope this helps.
     

    l3376876

    Banned
    Chinese, Taiwan
    It's best to avoid the word native especially if applied to a person of colour as it has offensive colonial overtones.

    " The loaded terms ‘native’ and ‘indigenous’ are the subject of much debate in activist circles. Native still has a colonial ring in many parts of the world, though it has become an acceptable label in North America."
    http://www.newhumanist.org.uk/volume118issue3_comments.php?id=68_0_21_0_C

    Thanks, Not Logged In, for your thoughtfulness and lenience.
     
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