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What does "off" mean in this sentence? Does it mean "on"?
It’s a quiet street off Fifth Avenue.
Hmm, that's interesting.
Well, I've heard native speakers refer to the "quiet street" in the following two situations as "off the main street":
This is what I meant by "not directly connected".
What do you think about those two?
What about this one?
Come to think of it, I now also use "off", because the little street is kind of branching off. Ok, in this case the off-street directly connects.
Let's say the "quiet street" doesn't connect to Fifth Avenue at all like this
Then the "quiet street" is still off Fifth Avenue, right?
Can a street actually be "on" another street?
What if we weren't speaking of streets but just lines - would it be correct to say that the thin line is on the thick one in the third figure?
Prepositions can be so treacherous
Thank you, now I'm a little bit more streetwise.
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.