What is the difference between "Great London" and "London"?

and thus "Britain" and "Great Britain"?

Is "Great" an official name or only an emphasis used by some people who loves the nation?

kenny1999Is "Great" an official name

Yes. It has nothing to do with admiration for these regions.

kenny1999"Great Britain"

It's basically England, Scotland, and Wales.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Britain

kenny1999Great London

As far as I know there is no such thing unless you are using "Great" and "London" as modifiers, as in "The Great London Smog of 1952" or "The Great London Fire", in which "Great" modifies "Smog" or "Fire", not "London".

In these expressions "Great" means very big.

kenny1999Greater London

If you mean Greater London, that's an administrative area centered on London.

See https://www.britannica.com/place/Greater-London


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Is it different from "London" alone?

kenny1999Is it different from "London" alone?

Yes, but I didn't read the whole article at the link. Be sure to read that if the details are important to you.

In general, adding "Greater" to a city name makes it a reference to the city and all the suburbs around it. You may read about the population of "Greater New York", "Greater Chicago", or "Greater Miami". That includes people in the suburbs of those cities, but outside the city boundaries.


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