prepositions used with street names

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OK, here's the big question:

Which prepositions are definitely wrong, and which ones are correct when it comes to streets and addresses?

I've got a little exercise in which I have to correct wrong sentences. The book says that we use IN when we speak about streets, for instance: I live IN Green Steet, but when a number is given, then I should use AT as in I live at number 24 or The British Prime Minister lives at 10 Downing Street

Is that right? Do we really use IN and AT in the above-mentioned situations?

What about ON? Can I say Sherlock Holmes lived on Baker Street? How is it different from IN Baker Street ?

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You live in a country, in the city, but on a street.
 

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thanks,

what about this one? He lives at 10 Downing Street ? Is at OK here?

And is in definitely incorrect? I don't know why, but the book says we use this preposition with streets...
 

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thanks,

what about this one? He lives at 10 Downing Street ? Is at OK here?

I think that's okay for NaE and BrE, FM.

And is in definitely incorrect? I don't know why, but the book says we use this preposition with streets...

See my posting previous to this one.
 

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10 Downing Street is a specific place; so is the White House.

He lives at the White House
He lives in the White House.
He lives on Pennsylvania Avenue, in the White House. :lol:
 

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10 Downing Street is a specific place; so is the White House.

He lives at the White House
He lives in the White House.
He lives on Pennsylvania Avenue, in the White House. :lol:

I'm a bit confused :roll: Are both "IN" and "AT" correct when a specific place is mentioned?
 

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I suppose it is your angle of perspective that counts.
Say, if you view the address as a "point", use "at"
Use "in the street", if it is surrounded by other highrises.
Use "on the street", if the house is viewed as "horizontally" lying on the street.
(Not a teacher)
 
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