I have read the post stream from last year about "in the street" and "on the street", but my question is slightly different.
When specifying a location, I have always believed that "in" should be used for areas, i.e., 2 dimensions on a map, and "on" should be used for streets, rivers, borders, etc., which are 1 dimensional on a map. However, I have recently come across several texts (including Murphy) that teach students:
The shop is in Station Street.
My guess is that this statement means that the shop is located in the Station street district, but how should I explain this to my students?
Any suggestions will be appreciated!
Last edited by timmpage; 23-Jan-2010 at 11:28.
Dear bhaisahab, thanks for your reply.
I agree that "in the street" and "on the street" are basically the same, but if your address is 25 Park Street, Devonshire, do you say that you live "in Park Street" or "on Park Street"? Is “I live in Park Street in Devonshire” correct?
Is it the same for roads, avenues, etc., or is there something specials about "Street"?
When I listen to the BBC, they seem to say "on the High Street”, for example, the following are from the BBC News website:
“A survey carried out by the company found 27% of consumers who had intended to go shopping on the High Street had turned to the internet instead because of the sub-zero temperatures.” from UK retail sales rise 0.3% in December
Yet, when talking about shops, they sometimes use “in”
“But Mr Saunders, speaking on behalf of retailers in Oxford Street, said more needed to be done.” from Call to cut Oxford Street buses
“The incident took place at about 1245 GMT on Tuesday in Shoe Zone on Oxford Street in Ripley.” from Police release e-fit of flasher
Sorry for sending such a long posting, but I’m pretty confused by this.
Thanks for your patience.
Ok, as long as I'm still getting responses... Please answer this for me: I currently live in the Czech Republic. We don't usually use the word "street" in adresses. If I tell you that I live in Podlusky, in Chadlinska, do you know the name of my street and town?
Thanks bhaisahab, that's what I thought. I'll let it go now