urban /urbanized

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Kacy.H, Jan 14, 2018 at 5:55 AM.

  1. Kacy.H

    Kacy.H Senior Member

    China
    Chinese
    Hello, everyone
    Should I say "The town has become more urban" or "The town has become more urbanized" ?

    Thanks
     
  2. andrewg927

    andrewg927 Senior Member

    Denver CO
    English - American
    Both are correct.
     
  3. Kacy.H

    Kacy.H Senior Member

    China
    Chinese
  4. velisarius

    velisarius Senior Member

    Greece
    British English (Sussex)
    I would question this usage. A town is urban (not rural), by definition. What is the sentence supposed to mean?
     
  5. Kacy.H

    Kacy.H Senior Member

    China
    Chinese
    A town now has more shopping malls, housing estates and car parks and improved road system compared with in the past. Can I say it has become more urban?
     
  6. velisarius

    velisarius Senior Member

    Greece
    British English (Sussex)
    "Urban development" is used. I would say that the town has become more developed, but let's wait for other opinions.
     
  7. Hermione Golightly

    Hermione Golightly Senior Member

    London
    British English
    I wouldn't know what 'become more urban' meant, talking of a town, so that would be a failure in communication.
     
  8. Kacy.H

    Kacy.H Senior Member

    China
    Chinese
    What about "the town has become more modernized" ?
     
  9. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    I agree with velI and Hermione.
     

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