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    opposite

    Hello.

    - I noticed that the man opposite was staring at me.
    - The man you're looking for is in the shop directly opposite.
    - The people in the house opposite never draw their curtains.


    You don't use across in place of opposite, do you? Do these sentences sound natural to American English speakers as well as British English speakers?


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    Re: opposite

    I am a native speaker of American English, but I have a bit of international influence. I would not use across by itself in place of opposite, but I might say:

    The man across the room was staring at me. (or) The man across from me was staring (at me).
    The man you're looking for is in the shop directly/just across the street.
    The people in the house across the street never draw their curtains.

    I would say that across requires an object. It could be "across the street", "across the way" or "across from me/us/mine/ours". The "opposite" sentences sound fine to me, but I think I would be more likely to use "across" in my own speech. If I used "opposite" I might also add an object: the man opposite me, the house opposite ours.

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    Re: opposite

    We in AE use across more than opposite, but across requires more information, as nonsense points out. Opposite should as well, but is more common with ellipses.

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