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    Which is the correct preposition?

    The missing Persian cat was found in/on/at XYZ Street.

    Which preposition should I use?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Which is the correct preposition?

    Either in or on.

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    #3

    Re: Which is the correct preposition?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Either in or on.
    My notion is that "in" is in this sense used mostly in BrE, while "on" is mostly used in AmE. What do you think?
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: Which is the correct preposition?

    I agree with you.
    I would say "on" the street unless the cat was literally in the middle of the street.

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    #5

    Re: Which is the correct preposition?

    In BrE, we use "on the street" to mean "homeless".

    - My uncle was on the street for six months after he lost his job.
    - I found this cat in the street. Do you know who owns it?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Which is the correct preposition?

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    , we use "on the street" to mean "homeless".
    That could mean that here, as well. Though we'd probably say "streets."

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    #7

    Re: Which is the correct preposition?

    Interestingly, that's on the streets in the US.
    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.

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    Re: Which is the correct preposition?

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    My notion is that "in" is in this sense used mostly in BrE, while "on" is mostly used in AmE. What do you think?
    Yes. that was what I was taught. However, I wonder whether BrE native speakers use the same preposition.

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    #9

    Re: Which is the correct preposition?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Yes. that was what I was taught. However, I wonder whether BrE native speakers use the same preposition.
    I (BrE) would find a cat in XYZ Street.

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    Re: Which is the correct preposition?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I (BrE) would find a cat in XYZ Street.
    Unless I found it on a motorway or on a dual carriageway. Even if we used the name of the motorway, it would still be "on".

    - I found a puppy on the M25.
    - The lost cat was found on the North Circular.

    But with proper street names, it's "in".

    - I found the puppy in Grantham Road.
    - The lost cat was found in Higham Avenue.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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