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What is the meaning of ''one block into'' in the below sentences? Which grammar rule ?

You own a house one block into the ward.

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In the context of housing, a block is either a single (multi-storey) building containing multiple apartments / offices / etc., or a (usually rectangular) area between two pairs of intersecting roads, mostly or completely filled with buildings (houses / offices / shops / etc.).

And a ward usually refers to a residential area that's significant in the context of elections (all the voters who live in one ward get to decide who they will elect as their local councilor, for example).

I don't know the exact context of OP's example, but basically it means the addressee's house isn't on the very edge of a ward - there's one more block between his house and the one that's right on the electoral boundary (but considered to be within the ward).


Syntactically, it's the same general construction as...

I'm three weeks into my new job

...meaning I started my new job three weeks ago.

  • Thank you. So, one block into the ward = pattern ? – engstu Jan 29 at 17:32
  • If you mean the same "pattern" as The bullet penetrated 2 inches into the tree-trunk or We were just 20 minutes into the movie when the alarm went off, then yes. The idea being that the "amount" (of distance, time, or similar) is specified relative to the "outer edge" ("start of", for a time-based usages) of whatever the subject is now "inside" (literally, or metaphorically). – FumbleFingers Jan 29 at 18:11
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I believe it means on the fringe of a district. The word ward means an administrative division of a city. I believe it means that the person doesn't live in the center of the ward but somewhere at the margins.

  • Little typo: it's fringe, not frindge – Katy Jan 29 at 19:47
  • @Katy oops! thx – re_nez Jan 29 at 20:01

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