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    Default Live on or live in Main Street?

    Yesterday a teacher and I had a different opinion about an expression or sentence in English.

    She think this sentence is right:
    "I live in Main Street, in a nice house."

    And I think this sentence is right:
    "I live on Main Street, in a nice house."

    In my opinion when you say, 'I live in', means you live inside a place or a city. And when you say, 'I live on,' means on the surface (on the ground or land) of ie. of a street.

    So, my question is, who is right? The teacher or I?

    Thank you for your help!

    Cedric

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    Default Re: Live on or live in Main Street?

    You are both right. Your teacher, English-thinking, says live in (street) is correct; you, American-thinking, say live on (street) is correct. That's the only difference.

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    Default Re: Live on or live in Main Street?

    I'd say both are perfectly acceptable and you're ok using either.

    I myself prefer to say on Main street.

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    Default Re: Live on or live in Main Street?

    I'm not sure I follow your reasoning, but I certainly agree with your conclusion. People live on a street, not in a street. If we'd lived in a street, we'd get run over. And that's not living!

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    Default Re: Live on or live in Main Street?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luizao View Post
    I'd say both are perfectly acceptable and you're ok using either.
    Another example of US and UK not getting our stories straight!

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    Default Re: Live on or live in Main Street?

    And, just to confuse things a bit more, here in Canada you say
    "I live on Main Street."

    But, if you are living "on the street or in the streets" it means that you are homeless.

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