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    beside/at/by/near

    Are the following prepositions interchangeable in the following sentence?
    My house is beside/at/by/near/at a small lake.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: beside/at/by/near

    You've given us "at" as an option twice! I find it the least likely of the four though still possible. The others are all perfectly fine.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: beside/at/by/near

    I see a difference with 'near'. This to me means your house could be a short distance from the lake - maybe not even in sight of it.

    Note that I have decapitalised your thread title: I didn't want it shouting at me every time I opened the page.

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    Re: beside/at/by/near

    Rover is right, of course. I overlooked the fact that you were asking if they were interchangeable and commented on whether they were grammatically correct.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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