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    Difference in meaning?

    Since I speak Japanese, I often find it difficult to understand subtle differences in meaning when I use English. I'd really appreciate if you can help.

    - This building faces the main street.
    - This building fronts the main street.

    I think natives English speakers often use the first one, but do you also the second one? Differences in meaning? If yes, please let me know. Thank you in advance!

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    Re: Difference in meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by motofuji View Post
    Since I speak Japanese, I often find it difficult to understand subtle differences in meaning when I use English. I'd really appreciate if you can help.

    - This building faces the main street.
    - This building fronts the main street.

    I think natives English speakers often use the first one, but do you also the second one? Differences in meaning? If yes, please let me know. Thank you in advance!
    Welcome to the forums. "This building faces the main street", to me, this means that the building is not in the main street, but opposite the end of it. I have never used "This building fronts the main street", it might be AmE.

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    Re: Difference in meaning?

    Thank you very much for your quick reply.
    Oh, it's an American English?
    Ummmm. My dictionary says "Our house fronts the lake"
    But you think it's more natural to say "Our house faces the lake", right?

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    Re: Difference in meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by motofuji View Post
    Thank you very much for your quick reply.
    Oh, it's an American English?
    Ummmm. My dictionary says "Our house fronts the lake"
    But you think it's more natural to say "Our house faces the lake", right?
    Of the two, I would use "faces the lake".

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    Re: Difference in meaning?

    I, another speaker of Br, would not use 'fronts', either. Like bhai, I'd use 'faces'. I'd also use 'looks out over/on (to)'.

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