Nora
How to say "a person from (a city)" in another way? Particularly want to know whether "a Shanghai local" is ok or not to describe a person from /born in Shanghai? Are there any other expression? Thank you in advance!
Nov 24, 2016 3:06 PM
Answers · 10
Shanghai local is fine. Other ways to do it. You can say A Shanghai resident/inhabitant for someones who lives in Shanghai A Shanghai native for someone who was born in Shanghai
November 24, 2016
It is perfectly okay to say "Shanghai local."
November 24, 2016
You're looking for demonyms (not a common word). You can google a list when you're looking for a particular city. It looks like Shanghai is "Shanghainese" or "Shanghaine."
November 25, 2016
"Shanghai local" is the best expression I can think of. We sometimes add the suffix -an or -er to the end of a city name to describe the persons living there but sometimes this doesn't work very well because the word is awkward to say. I have heard people say, for example, Londoner and New Yorker, but not Los Angeleser or Los Angelesan I think that Shanghaian is pretty awkward so I wouldn't say that. The English language is quick to adopt words from other languages. If there is a word that the people of Shanghai use to describe themselves, a variant of that is probably already used by English-speaking people that need such a word. I just don't know what it is.
November 24, 2016
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Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Taiwanese), English
Learning Language
English