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    Hello teachers,

    Is there a difference in meaning between road and street? Please advice, teachers. Thanks, Help Wanted

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    Quote Originally Posted by Help Wanted
    Hello teachers,

    Is there a difference in meaning between road and street? Please advice, teachers. Thanks, Help Wanted
    Streets are bigger.

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    Thank you for your advice, teacher Tdol!

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    At your service.

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    Strictly speaking a street is a road in a town or village (comparatively wide in comparison with a lane or alley) running between two lines of houses or shops. The word "road" has the potential to be used in a more general way for any path, way or course taken or pursued. Road comes from the Old English word rad meaning "to ride" and hence it became used as the word used to refer to an ordinary line of communication between different places used by horses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Help Wanted
    Hello teachers,

    Is there a difference in meaning between road and street? Please advice, teachers. Thanks, Help Wanted
    Here's more to take note of when comparing "road" and "street".

    When speaking of traveling, we can say "on the road". Sports teams and entertainers usually "go on the road". It could be said that people in sales are "on the road" sometimes.

    When speaking of informal or experiential education, some people say they learned things "on the street".

    If we are talking about a great distance, we can say "It's a long road." or "The road is long." This could be used metaphorically to say that something is very challenging and that it can take a relatively long time to accomplish.

    When I think of "street", I tend to mostly think of "neighborhoods". When I think of "road" it reminds me more of "traveling". There's no rule to this. It's just a generalization. A road, of course, can be part of a neighborhood.

    I would also associate "road" with highways more so than I would associate "street" with highways.

    If we have to walk somewhere, we usually speak of "walking down the street" or "walking up the street".

    Where did Joe go?

    Oh, he took a walk down the street to pick up a few things at the Corner Store.
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