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    #1

    in or on?

    Hello.

    Would you take a look at the folloiwng?

    1. There is always heavy traffic ( A ) this street.

    Which is appropriate, "in" or "on" to fill in the blank (A)?

    Thank you very much in advance for your help.

    yam.

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    #2

    Re: in or on?

    I think either preposition is appropriate in this context.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: in or on?

    Quote Originally Posted by yamyam View Post
    Hello.

    Would you take a look at the folloiwng?

    1. There is always heavy traffic ( A ) this street.

    Which is appropriate, "in" or "on" to fill in the blank (A)?

    Thank you very much in advance for your help.

    yam.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Teacher Rover has given you and me an excellent answer. I think that most

    native speakers would not even notice which preposition you used.

    (2) I believe, however, that most Americans would prefer:

    During the holiday season, there is always a lot of traffic on the streets.

    (3) You may wish to do some googling and study the results for yourself. Here

    are some sentences that I found (American sources):

    * When the 1984 Olympics occurred in 1984, the "Black Friday" of traffic never surfaced on the streets.

    * Now imagine this volume of traffic spilling onto surface streets.

    * Slow-moving traffic on surface streets.

    (4) I think that "in" is more appropriate when you are speaking of an area, as :

    I turned on the TV this morning and saw thousands of people celebrating

    in the streets.

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    #4

    Re: in or on?

    Thank you very much for the instructions, Mr. Rover and Mr. "The" Parser.
    They are of great help to me. Especially, the examples Mr. Parser gave to me are
    quite helpful to me to understand the situations.

    Thanks again,

    yam.

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