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In countries with personal ownership of real property,
The word "real" derives from Latin res ("thing"), which was used in Middle English to mean "relating to things, especially real property".
In common law, real property was property that could be protected by some form of
The law now broadly distinguishes between real property (land and anything affixed to it) and
In modern legal systems derived from English common law, classification of property as real or personal may vary somewhat according to jurisdiction or, even within jurisdictions, according to purpose, as in defining whether and how the property may be taxed.
Bethell (1998) contains much historical information on the historical evolution of real property and property rights.