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    Default On/in street

    Hi there,
    What's the difference between:
    1) I saw her on the street
    2) I saw her in the street.
    The use of preposition "in" or "on" makes a difference in meaning?

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    Default Re: On/in street

    Quote Originally Posted by mehdihas View Post
    Hi there,


    What's the difference between:
    1) I saw her on the street
    2) I saw her in the street.

    The use of preposition "in" or "on" makes a difference in meaning?
    Perhaps/perhaps not. Depends on context. Examples:


    "Where did you see her? I saw her on the street". (chance encounter/casual reference.)
    "I saw her in the street. She is only a child and there is a lot of traffic at this hour". (specific location)
    Last edited by billmcd; 04-Dec-2010 at 18:05. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: On/in street

    Please note that there is a difference in the preposition depending on what side of the Atlantic you live in.

    In the US, if you said "in the street" it means the part where the cars go and is dangerous. In the UK, it does not mean that.It means what Americans mean when we say "on the street," which means on the part where you walk.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Please note that there is a difference in the preposition depending on what side of the Atlantic you live in.

    In the US, if you said "in the street" it means the part where the cars go and is dangerous. In the UK, it does not mean that.It means what Americans mean when we say "on the street," which means on the part where you walk.
    "In the road" is what we say to mean the same "in the street" means for you. A child playing in the road, for example, would be dangerous. A child playing in the street would not necessarily be dangerous".

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    Ah, thanks. I didn't realize you differentiated between road and street that way
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: On/in street

    Hi there,

    How about these sentences?
    I live in the street.
    I live on the street.

    tks
    simon

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    Quote Originally Posted by simon1234 View Post
    Hi there,

    How about these sentences?
    I live in the street.
    I live on the street.

    tks
    simon
    AmE: "I live in the street". One would not use/hear that expression.
    "I live on the street". Would mean that the person is homeless.
    Last edited by billmcd; 05-Dec-2010 at 02:21. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: On/in street

    hi there,
    Tks, so can I say:

    I live in 65th Crescent Road.

    Simon

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    Default Re: On/in street

    In the US, you'd say:

    I live AT 65th Crescent Road.
    I live ON Crescent Road
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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