Which one is correct to say?

  1. I work in downtown.

  2. I work downtown.

  • You work downtown.
    – TimR
    Jul 25, 2017 at 11:10
  • The normal usage is I work downtown. Jul 25, 2017 at 12:24

3 Answers 3

  • I work downtown is the correct way.

As an adverb downtown means in or into the downtown area of a city

You can use as a noun - I work in the downtown. and as an adjective too - I work in the downtown area.


Downtown is actually a noun, an adverb and an adjective, it is not a preposition. Your sentence uses downtown as an adverb, so using in downtown is grammatically incorrect. You could say "I work in the downtown area" because in this case downtown is an adjective describing the area.

  • Since it may be used as a noun, what's wrong with "I work in the downtown"? Aug 8, 2017 at 9:10

I work downtown means you regularly travel to the downtown area of a city to work.

I work in downtown means the "border" that separates downtown from not-downtown is important. You might say this if you are talking to someone in the city, but outside of downtown, and telling them that all of your is actually in the downtown area. Outside of that specific situation I work downtown is most likely what you want to say.

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