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    #1

    across from

    Hi teachers!

    1. The flower shop was across (the street) from Tom's house.

    Are the sentences below the same in meaning as #1?

    2. The flower shop was opposite to Tom's house.

    3. The flower shop was opposite Tom's house.

    4. The flower shop was in the opposite side of Tom's house.

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: across from

    My answers are specific to the N. American variant of English. I say this because the locution "in the street" means different things in BrE and NAmE.

    1. The flower shop was across (the street) from Tom's house.
    3. The flower shop was opposite Tom's house. EQUIVALENT.

    2. The flower shop was opposite to Tom's house. May be equivalent if context is given. Without context, unclear what the reference point is for judging "opposites".

    4. The flower shop was in the opposite side of Tom's house.
    Not idiomatic. If "on", same as #2.

    UNLISTED. The flower shop was on the opposite side from Tom's house.
    Equivalent is context makes it obvious there is a street here.

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