[Grammar] In front of / opposite

kimuse

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Hello,

I've understood that we use 'opposite' to say on the other side when there is something that separates the two things.
For example, I'm sitting opposite my friend at the table'. But, in this example would it be wrong to say 'I'm sitting in front of my friend'?

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If you and your friend are facing each other, neither of you is in front of the other. Therefore it would be wrong to say one of you was.
 

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If you and your friend are facing each other, neither of you is in front of the other.
What about instead of sitting, they were standing in front of each other without a table in between?
The only difference is that they are standing, and the table is gone. Is it the sitting or the table that makes the difference?
I contend that they could be described as both being in front of the other. It's not natural in some instances though.

"My girlfriend and I were sitting in front of each other across the bar table, staring eye to eye, and I said ..."
 

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"My girlfriend and I were sitting in front of each other across the bar table, staring eye to eye, and I said ..."
While I don't think anyone would have any trouble understanding that, it doesn't seem natural to me. I'd say you were sitting facing each other.
 

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I guess we speak differently in Aus!
 
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