English as a Second Language/Noun phrases

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I'd like to ask questions about the following sentences:

a) I grew up in a small town in America.
b) I grew up in a small town America.
c) I grew up in small town America.

Do these mean the same? Are they equally common in native usage? Thank you in advance.

Answer
Hi Micky,

a) I grew up in a small town in America. this is a correct sentence
b) I grew up in a small town America. this would be incorrect
c) I grew up in small-town America. this is again, correct (just missing the dash between small and town)


Small-town America is an expression meaning the part of American society which lives in small towns.

With that in mind, a) and c) are similar in meaning and are commonly used by native speakers.

I hope this helps.

~Amy

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