Difference between suburb and suburbs?

Hi, from Japan! :slight_smile:
Could anyone tell me what the difference between suburb and suburbs is?

I’ve seen sentences like “I live in the suburbs of New York.”
and “an agricultural suburb”.

When do you use suburb and when suburbs?


One suburb, two suburbs.

When the word ‘suburbs’ is used that way, it means ‘suburbia’. In other words, it refers only very generally to the area just outside the city.

If someone said “I live in a suburb of New York”, the person is thinking specifically of one of the suburbs (even though the name of the suburb might not be specifically mentioned).