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    prepositions used with street names

    OK, here's the big question:

    Which prepositions are definitely wrong, and which ones are correct when it comes to streets and addresses?

    I've got a little exercise in which I have to correct wrong sentences. The book says that we use IN when we speak about streets, for instance: I live IN Green Steet, but when a number is given, then I should use AT as in I live at number 24 or The British Prime Minister lives at 10 Downing Street

    Is that right? Do we really use IN and AT in the above-mentioned situations?

    What about ON? Can I say Sherlock Holmes lived on Baker Street? How is it different from IN Baker Street ?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: prepositions used with street names

    You live in a country, in the city, but on a street.

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    Re: prepositions used with street names

    thanks,

    what about this one? He lives at 10 Downing Street ? Is at OK here?

    And is in definitely incorrect? I don't know why, but the book says we use this preposition with streets...

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    Re: prepositions used with street names

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    You live in a country, in the city, but on a street.
    Not the Brits, Susie. I'm quite sure, though I wouldn't bet the farm that they live 'in' {____} St.

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    Re: prepositions used with street names

    Quote Originally Posted by forum_mail View Post
    thanks,

    what about this one? He lives at 10 Downing Street ? Is at OK here?

    I think that's okay for NaE and BrE, FM.

    And is in definitely incorrect? I don't know why, but the book says we use this preposition with streets...
    See my posting previous to this one.

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    Re: prepositions used with street names

    10 Downing Street is a specific place; so is the White House.

    He lives at the White House
    He lives in the White House.
    He lives on Pennsylvania Avenue, in the White House.

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    Re: prepositions used with street names

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    10 Downing Street is a specific place; so is the White House.

    He lives at the White House
    He lives in the White House.
    He lives on Pennsylvania Avenue, in the White House.
    I'm a bit confused Are both "IN" and "AT" correct when a specific place is mentioned?

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    Re: prepositions used with street names

    I suppose it is your angle of perspective that counts.
    Say, if you view the address as a "point", use "at"
    Use "in the street", if it is surrounded by other highrises.
    Use "on the street", if the house is viewed as "horizontally" lying on the street.
    (Not a teacher)
    Last edited by albertino; 28-Feb-2008 at 07:29.

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