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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    by your house vs in front of your house

    What is the difference between:

    I have just arrived and I am by your house.
    and

    I have just arrived and I am in front of your house.

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    Retired English Teacher
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    #2

    Re: by your house vs in front of your house

    The first is vague and not very natural. The second tells us preciely where the speaker is,
    Typoman - writer of rongs

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    #3

    Re: by your house vs in front of your house

    My grandmother's house was entered by a door at the side while my cousin had a house that had a road at the back and a footpath at the front.

    Think what your two statements would mean if visiting either of these people.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Sep-2020 at 18:26. Reason: fixing typo
    Retired magazine editor and native British English speaker - not a teacher

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