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Please help me differentiate between the two words "country" and "countryside"

Thanks.
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Hi,

I assume you are asking about the urban/rural aspect here.

There's a lot of similarity between these two words. I think a simple approach is to consider the word 'countryside' as a rather old-fashioned version of 'country'. I can't think of an example, at the moment, where you can't use the word 'country' instead of 'countryside'.

"country" This word is heard much more often.

It's used in the sense of 'rural rather than urban'.

eg He lives in the city, but she lives in the country.

eg He's a country doctor, he doesn't like to work in the big city.

eg If you drive through Alberta, you'll see a lot of beautiful country.

eg I lived in the country when I was a child.

"countryside" This is used less often.

It's not used as an adjective, eg don't say a 'countryside doctor'. Nor is it used when comparing urban vs. rural. But you can speak of 'beautiful countryside'.

Best wishes, Clive
Dear Clive,

If I don't use "in the countryside", I replace it with "in the country". Is there a difference? or I can use either of them without any problems.

1. It is pity for me as well as for most of my friends in the countryside.

2. It is pity for me as well as for most of my friends in the country.

Thanks.
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Hi,

If I don't use "in the countryside", I replace it with "in the country". Yes. Is there a difference? No. or I can use either of them without any problems. 'Countryside' sounds a bit odd, mostly because it is an old-fashioned word but partly because, without context, it sounds a bit to me like you are comparing 'city versus country'.

1. It is a pity for me as well as for most of my friends in the countryside.

2. It is a pity for me as well as for most of my friends in the country.

Best wishes, Clive
According to your explanation it's better to choose the number 2.

Thank you for your help. It is clear to me now.
"Countryside" tends to emphasise the pleasant and picturesque aspects of living in the country.
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I too feel "life in the countryside" is more natural than "life in the country". But I'm afraid it would be because I do not know English very much.

paco
Please give me your idea about the " in the countryside" and "in the country".

Why do you think "in the countryside" is better.

Please.
"Country" has two meanings : (1) a territory occupied by a nation and (2) a rural area in a country. "Countryside" is always "rural area in country". "Life in the country" has a latent ambiguity though we may take the real sense if given the context properly. On the other hand, "life in the countryside" can't have any meaning other than "life in the rural area".

paco
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