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    car was parked behind

    Idea to be conveyed: A car was parked behind mine. It was not just behind but also placed cross to mine (I've no idea what word to use here). That is, the other car's doors faced my car's trunk. I am trying to complaint (not for real but in my head) the manner in which it was parked.

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    1. The car was parked behind mine (and) cross to it.
    2. The car was parked crossed to mine in the back.
    3. The car was parked cross to mine in the rear.

    I don't think any of them work and I am not able to come up with anything better.
    Last edited by justlearning; 08-May-2014 at 23:17.

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    Re: car was parked behind

    The car was parked perpendicular behind me.


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    #3

    Re: car was parked behind

    Or: The car was parked side on behind me.

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    Re: car was parked behind

    The car was parked orthogonally behind mine.
    The car was parked directly behind and at a right angle to mine.
    The car was parked behind mine in a T-shape.
    The car was parked directly behind mine such that, if we both drove forward in a straight line, our trajectories would form a right angle.

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    #5

    Re: car was parked behind

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Or: The car was parked side on behind me.
    I have never heard "side on."

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    Re: car was parked behind

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I have never heard "side on."
    Really? It's quite normal where I live.

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    Re: car was parked behind

    Yes, really. I would say "perpendicular." Some might say "at a right angle."

    "Head on" is familiar, as in a "head on collision." But not "side on."

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    Re: car was parked behind

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes, really. I would say "perpendicular." Some might say "at a right angle."
    "Side on" doesn't necessarily mean "perpendicular". For example, if you park 'side on' to a curb, you are parking parallel to the curb. I find the above use of 'side on' [to someone's boot (trunk)] to be a bit confusing too.
    "Side on behind me" suggested to me "parallel and beside me, but somewhat behind me", eg. with the other car being in an adjacent lane with its front tyres level with my car's back tyres.
    Last edited by Raymott; 09-May-2014 at 20:19. Reason: fix pronouns

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