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    "In the street" vs. "On the street"

    What's the difference? A British teacher told me that they are both grammatically correct, but "on the street" seems a little negative. Can I make a sentence such as "British people like drinking on the street" ?

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    Re: "In the street" vs. "On the street"

    "In the street" seems more natural to me, but I'm not British. (AE speaker)



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    Re: "In the street" vs. "On the street"

    They drink 'in the street' because they are there temporarily. The pub, a fixture in the locality, is 'on the street'.

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    Re: "In the street" vs. "On the street"

    I saw the BBC interviewed someone on TV just now, talking about a Russian poisened to death, and that guy said: "...The secret agent killed him on the street..." How to explain this usage?

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    Re: "In the street" vs. "On the street"

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    What's the difference? A British teacher told me that they are both grammatically correct, but "on the street" seems a little negative. Can I make a sentence such as "British people like drinking on the street" ?
    If "on the street" is a little negative, then killed him on the street seems to support that.

    This, also, from Google:
    The shocking story of how a young medical student, Daniel Pollen was murdered on the street by 3 thugs (one of whom was free on bail on the street thanks to ...


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    Re: "In the street" vs. "On the street"

    I saw the BBC interviewed someone on TV just now, talking about a Russian poisened to death, and that guy said: "...The secret agent killed him on the street..." How to explain this usage?

    I hope this was the guy being interviewed, though I've heard BBC interviewers come out with worse clangers than this.

    We talk of "crime is rampant on the streets of L.A."
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    "People were partying in the streets the day of the Queen's coronation."
    (a temporary one-day celebration)

    The poor man is confusing two ideas: That it happened 'in the street' 'in an open public place';, and that this could actually happen "on the streets of London".

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