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  1. Member
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    On/In my neighbours yard

    Ok, so I came across this today....I know which one sounds more natural to me (in) however I'm after more opinions.

    'My neighbour was angry I was walking on his yard'

    'My neighbour was angry I was walking in his yard'

    To me, both could be justified.

    'Walking in' could be used because it's technically within the boundary of his property, while 'walking on' could be used because it's on his property.

    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Re: On/In my neighbours yard

    Only "in" is natural as we are talking about the enclosed space which constitutes his yard. Your feet are located on the concrete or grass which makes up the floor of the yard area but it would be unnatural to specify that.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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