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    Default Use of prepositions

    Hi

    If I were to walk IN a street on my way to a bar, would that bar be IN the street ON the street AT a square or ON a square.

    My practical English Guide doesn't seem to give me a consistent answer...

    I encounter the same dilemmas with:
    Located at/on/in
    Something can be seen a lot IN the streets or ON the streets?

    I'm standing in Fleetstreet at the corner of so and so
    I'm at Fleetstreet on the corner of so and so


    Thanks in advance & kind regards

    Robert

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    In some cases, there isn't always consistency. I'd say that bar's in Oxford Street. I wouldn't say 'at Fleet Street' but 'at/on the corner' are both fine to me.

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    Default Re: Use of prepositions

    In addition,

    "in" means, inside or in the middle
    "on" means, on top of
    "at" means, a point

    I am standing in the street. (inside the boundaries or in the middle)
    I am standing on the street. (on top of its surface)
    I am at the street. (a point in space: general location)

    The bank is in Fleetstreet. (inside the boundaries of the street)
    The bank is on Fleetstreet. (The building is located on the surface of the street)
    The bank is located at Fleetstreet. (a general point in space)

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    Default Re: Use of prepositions

    Thx, this helps and is a lot easier than my impractical English Grammar guide!

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    thx, the English language sure depends on hunches and 'feelings' sometimes

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    Default Re: Use of prepositions

    Quote Originally Posted by Nhryblith
    thx, the English language sure depends on hunches and 'feelings' sometimes
    Those hunches and feelings are called native intuition, and they're characteristic of all languages, even yours.

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