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    ask Bristish teachers

    Hi all British teachers,

    I have some questions about 'on', 'at' and 'in'. I wonder when they are used in British English.

    For example,
    1. There is a temple on Peterson's Road/ Street.
    2. You will find Peterson Cathedral in Peterson Road
    3. There is a temple in/on the road/street.

    I don't know why 'on' used in 1 while 'in' in 2. Any difference?

    Many thanks

    peter


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    Re: ask Bristish teachers

    Hello Peter,

    As a BrE speaker, I would say:

    1. There is a temple in Peterson Road/Street.
    2. You will find Peterson Cathedral in Peterson Road.
    3. There is a temple in the street.

    "In the road" in BrE means "in the part of the road where vehicles go", so it wouldn't be appropriate in #3.

    I think an AmE speaker might use "on" in #1 and #2; but I'm not sure. (Perhaps an AmE speaker will pass by and confirm it.)

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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