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Here is a brief discription about my residence:

There are around fifty apartment buildings in ABC Garden. Each building has thirty stories, and there are 10 flats in each story.

My friend asked me where I live. Instead of telling him the full address, I just said, "I am living in ABC Garden, city name".

Given that "ABC Garden, city name" is not a full address, should it be called a residential area or residential location in this case?

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    The important word here is "living". You live in an area, whereas something exists or happens at a location. This is a nice location for a high-rise apartment building, overlooking the park, and the area has many shops and small restaurants.
    – TimR
    Oct 20, 2015 at 14:19
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    I concur with @TRomano. Though, Jameswebster has provided a very good answer, but I still think that you should opt for "residential area."
    – Usernew
    Oct 20, 2015 at 14:32
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    In most contexts, everyone except speakers of "Indian English" would say I live in [some area]. The progressive form I am living [somewhere] is normally only used in contexts where you specifically wish to imply ...now, at the present time (i.e. - you want your audience to take note that you didn't live there in the past and/or won't in the future). Oct 20, 2015 at 15:15
  • From the description, I would call "ABC Garden" a neighborhood. Oct 20, 2015 at 15:25

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I would say neither of your options quite hits the mark.

I would suggest that what you gave him was a partial address. I might also use the terms region, locale or district

  • Region - an area, especially part of a country or the world having definable characteristics but not always fixed boundaries
  • Locale - a place where something happens or is set
  • District - an area of a country or city, especially one characterized by a particular feature or activity

I don't think residential area is wrong per se. Just not quite right. Specifically, I would say a residential area is any connected set of smaller areas. e.g. London is a large commercial district surrounded by a very large residential area.

However, this may be regional since "In India, it is perfectly okay to use "residential area" whenever referring to the are we live in." – Usernew

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    I don't think her options are wrong. I think "residential area" is perfect in the OP's context.
    – Usernew
    Oct 20, 2015 at 14:10
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    I didn't think they were wrong per se. Just not quite right. Specifically, I would say a residential area would contain more than just the one place they are referring to. e.g. London is a large commercial district surrounded by a very large residential area Oct 20, 2015 at 14:12
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    I think it depends on how the reader interprets its meaning. In India, it is perfectly okay to use "residential area" whenever referring to the are we live in.
    – Usernew
    Oct 20, 2015 at 14:17
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    Thank Usernew, and James Webster for the quick help. Hi, James Webster. Since "ABC Garden, city name" is a partial address, is it correct if I call it my living locale?
    – kitty
    Oct 20, 2015 at 14:18
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    For example: Whenever we want to say what area we live in, we say "Paschim Vihar." Now this is what Wikipeida has to say. And I think this is what the OP really meant by saying "ABC Garden."
    – Usernew
    Oct 20, 2015 at 14:18

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