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    on the street or in the street.

    1. don't ride a bicycle or a motorcycle on the street.2. don't ride a bicycle or a motorcycle in the street.should it be " in the street or on the street" when it comes to a bike or a bicycle. I have read both the above sentence written but which one is appropriate or can we use both on the street and in the street when we ride a bike or a bicycle.

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    Re: on the street or in the street.

    Where else are you supposed to ride them?

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    Re: on the street or in the street.

    Quote Originally Posted by arjitsharma View Post
    1. Don't ride a bicycle or a motorcycle on the street.
    2. Don't ride a bicycle or a motorcycle in the street.

    Should it be "in the street" or "on the street" when it comes to a bike or a bicycle? I have read both the above sentences written but which one is appropriate (appropriate for what?) or can we use both "on the street" and "in the street" when we ride a bike or a bicycle?
    The answer has nothing to do with the mode of transport. It depends on what you mean. Is the sentence supposed to tell cyclists/motorcyclists that they are not allowed to ride along a particular street? If so, it's a strange instruction. Motorcyclists have to ride in/on the street (or "road"). The alternative would be them riding on the pavement (sidewalk in AmE) which is obviously a very bad idea.

    Note my corrections above. Please make sure you use line spaces to make your text easier to read. Start every sentence with a capital letter. Don't put a space after opening quotation marks.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: on the street or in the street.

    If you mean to tell somebody to ride only on the pavement, then you can say Don't ride on the road.

    road and street are different.

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    Re: on the street or in the street.

    "Road" and "street" aren't different in BrE when used in a general way to describe the tarmac between pavements which is designed for traffic.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: on the street or in the street.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Road" and "street" aren't different in BrE when used in a general way to describe the tarmac between pavements which is designed for traffic.
    I would say they are.

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    Re: on the street or in the street.

    Quote Originally Posted by arjitsharma View Post
    Should it be " in the street or on the street" when it comes to a bike or a bicycle?


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    Hello,

    I have found some information that may interest you.

    In 2011, a member named "Mehrdad" at Azar Grammar Exchange checked Google Books and COCA. Here are his results.

    ride a bike in the street. (26 hits)
    ride a bike on the street. (4 hits)

    ride a bicycle in the street. (22)
    ride a bicycle on the street.(11)

    *****


    I am comfortable with these sentences that I have made up.

    1. You may legally ride your bicycle on any road.

    2 If you ride your bicycle in the street, you must obey all traffic laws.

    3. Do not ride your bicycle on the sidewalk unless local law allows it.

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    Re: on the street or in the street.

    A road is a surface on which vehicles can travel. It looks like this:

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    Vehicles drive on the road. Sometimes, people and animals can be in the road. This is not safe because a vehicle could hit them.



    A street is an outdoor public space which leads from one part of a city to another. It may or may not have a road. It looks like this:

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    These people are in the street. Other more unfortunate people are forced to sleep in places like this. They sleep on the street.

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    Re: on the street or in the street.

    As learners will see, even native speakers from the same country don't always agree. I agree with Jutfrank that homeless people are said to be "on the street", not "on the road". However, I don't agree that "street" but not "road" is used for something leading from one part of a city to another. Where I'm from, they're used interchangeably.

    I was driving down that road the other day when I nearly hit a fox.
    He was driving down a street yesterday and nearly crashed into a lamppost.
    Go down that road, turn left and you'll be at the library.
    Head up that street, take the third on the right and my house is the third on the left.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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