She likes living in the country.
He likes living in the city.
"I like living in the small town" or "I like living in a small town"?
I have no problem with the first two sentences: "the city" and "the country" are set phrases, generic noun phrases. Interestingly, my native speaker tutor said I should use "a small town" here, not "the small town", but couldn't explain why. So why "the town" or "the small town" couldn't be generic noun phrases?