Historic or historical city I' ve read a great deal about the difference between them. I understand :' historic ' means important in history.eg.Rome is a historic city Historical' means that sth belongs to the past.eg.Rome is historical too because it has many ruins So , which adjective should I use? Are both right? Which do tourists leaflets use? Thank you very much
Nov 29, 2016 9:53 PM
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Hello Emarbe, It depends on what you are trying to say. Both are very possible. If what you want to say is: "the city of Rome is very famous or important due to its history" (simply said) then you would use "Rome is a historic city. If what you want to say "Rome is old" (even simpler said) then you use "Rome is a historical city" This is an oversimplification, but it explains the difference well. Hope this helps. Aleks
November 29, 2016
In reality, nobody is careful about making this distinction. The American Heritage dictionary lists "historic" as one of the meanings of "historical," so it is not really an error to use "historic" to mean "historical." When you are writing, follow the usage you've described. Say "historic" if something important happened there, "historical" if it is an older or more original part of a city, and "historical" to mean "related to history." Tourist brochures use both words. If you want to be sure that your tour takes you to places where important events happened, rather than just touring a part of a city with old buildings and architecture, you just have to read the brochure and judge for yourself. Here's a typical example of usage: "Today, the historic F. Holland Day House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as the headquarters for the non-profit Norwood Historical Society."
November 29, 2016
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