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Hi

Does the meaning change depending on the preposition you choose?

If I say, for example...

'I saw two men fighting on/in the street', is there any change in meaning?

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'on' the street - generally has the meaning of positioned along the street or a line.

"His house is right on the main drag."
"There are many parks on that street."

'in' the street - means within the boundries of the curbs

"Don't play in the street."
"I saw two men fighting in the street."
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Default Re: On the street/In the street

I think this is a British vs. American distinction. I think the British say "In the street" the way Americans say "on the street." But, generally I agree with Mesmark: that's how I use it as an American.
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Default Re: On the street/In the street

thanks mark and crowley! that bothered me too.
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'on' the street - generally has the meaning of positioned along the street or a line.

"His house is right on the main drag."
"There are many parks on that street."

'in' the street - means within the boundries of the curbs

"Don't play in the street."
"I saw two men fighting in the street."
Good explanation. I sometimes find it difficult to explain the difference. I will definitely use your explanation for "in" in the future. Thanks!
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Default Re: On the street/In the street

Thank you very much for your good explanation...

Prepositions are always difficult to understand!

Thanks again!
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