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    On/In the street

    Hi!

    Please, which is the right sentence:

    He was eating something quickly ON the street

    or

    He was eating something quickly IN the street

    ?

    THANK YOU!


    Novella

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    Re: On/In the street

    Quote Originally Posted by Novella View Post
    Hi!

    Please, which is the right sentence:

    He was eating something quickly ON the street

    or

    He was eating something quickly IN the street

    ?

    THANK YOU!


    Novella
    Hi, Novella.

    UK use in
    US use on
    but the senteces above are ambiguous.
    The sentencs could mean that the thing on/in the street was being eaten

    T


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    Re: On/In the street

    Hi, the context is "street food", that is, food which can be obtained by a streetside vendor and eaten while you are walking.

    How could I eliminate the ambiguity from this sentence?

    Thank you!


    Novella

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    Re: On/In the street

    Quote Originally Posted by Novella View Post
    Hi, the context is "street food", that is, food which can be obtained by a streetside vendor and eaten while you are walking.

    How could I eliminate the ambiguity from this sentence?

    Thank you!


    Novella
    SO, it's better to say:
    He was eating something quickly from the street vendor. or
    He was getting something quickly from the street vendor.

    Both sound better.


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    Re: On/In the street

    Quote Originally Posted by Novella View Post
    Hi, the context is "street food", that is, food which can be obtained by a streetside vendor and eaten while you are walking.

    How could I eliminate the ambiguity from this sentence?

    Thank you!


    Novella
    Walking along the street, he quickly ate the burger he had bought from the street vendor on the corner.

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