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    Default What's differences between "on the street" and "in the street"?

    As the title states, what are their meanings, respectively? Sometimes I saw "in the street" but other times "on the street", I'm confused...

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    Default Re: What's differences between "on the street" and "in the street"?

    Quote Originally Posted by latenight View Post
    As the title states, what are their meanings, respectively? Sometimes I saw "in the street" but other times "on the street", I'm confused...


    if you say : In the street this means at a point within an area or a space

    and if you say : On the street this means in or into the position to covering,touching or forming part of a surface...



    if did the mistake kindly tell me too... thank you

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    I'd say it is just a little difference between BrE and AmE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    I'd say it is just a little difference between BrE and AmE.

    dear can u specify more about Bre and AmE???

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    dear can u specify more about Bre and AmE???
    In BrE we say 'in the street', 'I am in the street outside your house' for example. In AmE they use 'on the street' to say the same thing.

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    Default Re: What's differences between "on the street" and "in the street"?

    I prefer BrE, however, in this particular case, I'd say "on the streets".

    Originally Posted by Jamalmemon
    dear can u specify more about Bre and AmE???
    I think Bhai just answered your question, dear friend.

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    Default Re: What's differences between "on the street" and "in the street"?

    But I thought "on the street" means literally, physically - e.g. he was standing "on the street". However, if we want to describe an orphan who grew up "in the street", is it correct to use "in the street" instead of "on the street"?...

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    Default Re: What's differences between "on the street" and "in the street"?

    Quote Originally Posted by latenight View Post
    But I thought "on the street" means literally, physically - e.g. he was standing "on the street". However, if we want to describe an orphan who grew up "in the street", is it correct to use "in the street" instead of "on the street"?...

    In Canadian English, On the street, means either physically being on it, as I am walking on the street, or it also means that you are homeless.

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    Default Re: What's differences between "on the street" and "in the street"?

    Further, how do you describe, e.g. the recent crime rates, "in the street" or " on the street" of LA?

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    Can someone here tell me the principles of how to distinguish the two in American usage?...I don't wanna be confused by it...

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