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I’ve got a tricky question. How khổng lồ say it grammatical: “I live in King Street” or “I live on King Street”?The first variant is in the “mathienky.com Grammar in Use” by Raymond Murphy, Cambridge University Press and the second one is in the “Preposition Practice” by L.L.Keane, Longman Publishing Group.


Hi Andrey

In American mathienky.com, we would say “I live sầu on King Street”.

I think people in the UK use either “in” or “on” in such a sentence..


Hi,

Out of interest there is a tuy nhiên from the musical (which is American) My Fair Lady based on the play, Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw (who was Irish) where one of the main male characters sings of his infatuation for the principal female character, Eliza (who is mathienky.com):

I have often walked down this street beforeBut the pavement always stayed beneath my feet beforeAll at once am I several stories highKnowing I’m on the street where you live

How’s that for cooperation?

Alan


I’m not sure which form is more common in the north of Englvà, but I would say that in the south of Engl& you would usually hear e.g. “I live in King Street”; though “on” is sometimes used with “the High Street” (or, in the West Country, “Fore St”), e.g.

1a. I live sầu on the High Street, just past the Odeon.1b. I live on Willesden High Street, just past the Odeon.

“On” is also sometimes used with roads whose name indicates their function or character, e.g.

I live sầu on the London Road.I live on Chesil Rise.

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I would probably also use “on” for “streets” of Roman origin, e.g.

I used to lớn live on Watling Street, just outside St Albans.

MrP


Alan June 12, 2018, 7:50am #5

Hi,

To me ‘in’ is the favoured preposition associated with ‘living’ referring khổng lồ the name of a road,lane.street or whatever. To my mind ‘on’ with those words suggests objects physically situated there such as buildings,premises, obstacles, roadworks & so on or indeed following along those routes. I would therefore live in Acacia Avenue, travel to work on the B456 sometimes when there were roadworks on the A1 motorway.

Alan


Yankee June 12, 2018, 7:51am #6

Thanks for the detailed input, MrP và Alan.

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Returning to Andrey’s question, both “in” and “on” are grammatically correct in your sentence. To sum everything up, Raymond Murphy is British, and L.L. Keane is American – that’s why they use different prepositions in that particular sentence..


MrPedantic June 12, 2018, 7:51am #7
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Alan:

I would therefore live in Acacia Avenue, travel to work on the B456 sometimes when there were roadworks on the A1 motorway.

Hello Alan,

Would you travel khổng lồ work on King St, though?

MrP


Molly June 12, 2018, 7:51am #8
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MrPedantic:

Hello Alan,

Would you travel lớn work on King St, though?

MrP

You might travel khổng lồ work on Avenidomain authority Rivadavia, BA. If you live sầu & work on that street, for example.


Nessie June 12, 2018, 7:51am #9

I’m not sure which khung is more comtháng in the north of Englvà, but I would say that in the south of England you would usually hear e.g. “I live sầu in King Street”; though “on” is sometimes used with “the High Street” (or, in the West Country, “Fore St”), e.g.

Hi MrPhường,I still can’t understvà why we use ‘in’ when there is not the article ‘the’, và ‘on’ when there is:‘I live sầu in King Street’‘I live sầu on the High Street’

To me ‘in’ is the favoured preposition associated with ‘living’ referring khổng lồ the name of a road,lane.street or whatever. To my mind ‘on’ with those words suggests objects physically situated there such as buildings,premises, obstacles, roadworks & so on or indeed following along those routes. I would therefore live sầu in Acacia Avenue, travel lớn work on the B456 sometimes when there were roadworks on the A1 motorway.

Hi Alan,Could you think of other context (other than ‘living’) in which ‘in the street’ is used?And, I don’t underst& ‘physically situated there such as buildings,premises, obstacles, roadworks & so on’ very well. Buildings, obstacles, & roadworks are surely phisical, but what about ‘premise’? I don’t think it’s physical…

By the way, what do you think about these: (I find them in the OALD - 7th edition)