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    Prepositions : in VS on VS at

    I was told that "in" is used with streets, like : "I live in Green Street" but what about "on" and what about "at" ? Can I say ON or AT Green Street ?

    Here are some examples which made me confused :

    1. The British Prime Minister lives /IN/ 10 Downing Street. --> Should I rather say "AT" ? If so, please tell me why.

    2. Sherlock Holmes lived somewhere ON Baker Street. ---> Why is there ON and not IN ? Isn't it like "I live IN Green Street" ?

    Please, give me some rules,

    best wishes,

    ps. what's an equivalency certificate ?

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    Re: Prepositions : in VS on VS at

    Quote Originally Posted by forum_mail
    I was told that "in" is used with streets, like : "I live in Green Street" but what about "on" and what about "at" ? Can I say ON or AT Green Street ?
    In the past, the old days, a person stepped down into the street, and so, today, English carries that history in prepositional phrases; e.g., "I live in Green Street." In North America, one stepped across the street, one's house was situated on the street, so "I live on Green Street." As for "at", it requires a specific location, like "I live at 4416 9 Avenue."

    Hope that helps.

    Note, equivalency means, equal in value.


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    hmm... I'm not sure if I get the idea... do you mean that we can say "in Green Steet" and "on Green Street" as well ? no difference between them at all ???


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    oops, my question got lost among other topics...

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    Re: Prepositions : in VS on VS at

    When Bush traveled to India recently, he stopped in Kabul
    for a few hours. Later I heard in the news 'Bush stopped over
    at Afghanistan."

    If all of the following are not
    correct, which of the following is/are correct:

    1. Bush stopped in Kabul.
    2. Bush stopped at Kabul.
    3. Bush stopped in Afghanistan.
    4. Bush stopped at Afghanistan.

    Thanks


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    Casiopea, could you explain once again the whole thing ? I'm not sure if I understand your last entry. Best wishes,

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    Re: Prepositions : in VS on VS at

    forum-mail, North American speakers use "on" + the street's name, whereas British speakers use "in" + the street's name. Both are English; both are acceptable.

    Englishstudent, "at" expresses a point in time or space; temporally, e.g., Let's meet at 5:00; locationally, e.g., "We stopped at the store to by some milk."

    As for the following uses of "at", below, this is the first time I've seen "at" used with a country name:

    2. Bush stopped at Kabul.
    4. Bush stopped at Afghanistan.

    One'd expect to see a specific location, say, "at Kabul airport". Possibly, 2. and 4. represent a dialect variation, one I'm not familiar with, wherein the country itself is viewed as a specific location in the world; i.e., "Bush stopped at such and such locational points on his (travel) agenda.

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: Prepositions : in VS on VS at

    Quote Originally Posted by forum_mail
    I was told that "in" is used with streets, like : "I live in Green Street" but what about "on" and what about "at" ? Can I say ON or AT Green Street ?
    Here are some examples which made me confused :
    1. The British Prime Minister lives /IN/ 10 Downing Street. --> Should I rather say "AT" ? If so, please tell me why.
    2. Sherlock Holmes lived somewhere ON Baker Street. ---> Why is there ON and not IN ? Isn't it like "I live IN Green Street" ?
    Please, give me some rules,
    best wishes,
    ps. what's an equivalency certificate ?
    I live in green street is.
    My house is on/in green street.
    I live at a house in/on green street.

    The PM lives at 10 Downing Street
    In this case 10 Downing street is a government department.
    The PM lives in an apartment at 10 Downing street

    Sherlock Holmes lived in a house somewhere on baker street

    As for rules, well I'm sure someone more erudite than myself will explain

    As for equivalency certificate - your guess is as good as mine - try a google

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    This is kinda interesting...I`d like to flog it a bit more.

    I live ON Elm street.
    I live AT 100 Elm street.
    I walked INTO the middle of Elm street.
    I am standing ON Elm street. Or, I am standing IN the middle of Elm street.

    Saying I live "in" Elm street sounds very strange to me; I`d say I live "on" a particular street. I don`t feel the difference between using "in" or "on" is as big a deal as how "at" is used. If you said "I live at Elm street", I`d be waiting for you to tell me the street number. That sentence standing alone sounds plain silly to me.

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    Re: Prepositions : in VS on VS at

    Quote Originally Posted by Hayseed
    This is kinda interesting...I`d like to flog it a bit more.
    I live ON Elm street.
    I live AT 100 Elm street.
    I walked INTO the middle of Elm street.
    I am standing ON Elm street. Or, I am standing IN the middle of Elm street.
    Saying I live "in" Elm street sounds very strange to me; I`d say I live "on" a particular street. I don`t feel the difference between using "in" or "on" is as big a deal as how "at" is used. If you said "I live at Elm street", I`d be waiting for you to tell me the street number. That sentence standing alone sounds plain silly to me.
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