Do we say 'in', 'on' or 'at' the street?

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I've heard that are differences between American English and British English when talking about streets.

asked May 22 '11 at 00:13 coraliecinq New member

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I as a BrE native find all the above sentences natural and things I may say including the examples of on (I don't find them Americanisms).  Intersection is more American although is understood and used in Britian but tends to be more formal, we are more likely to say junction.

 

I live at 10 Queens Road.

I live in Queens Road.

My house is on Queens Road.

link answered May 23 '11 at 20:56 Dave Phillips New member

Thank you very much! Both your answers are very, very good! coraliecinqMay 25 '11 at 11:45

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Preface, I am a native speaker of AmE.  I will get a native BrE speaker to check my answer and add clarification.

 

When talking about addresses:

 -- AmE uses 'on'.

 -- BrE uses both, but in different situations,

  1. 'in' is used to suggest an address ('I live in Kennington Road.')
  2. 'on' is used to suggest the general location of a larger or very well known place, like a attraction or even a city. ('Greenville is on Highway 57.')

If you are talking about something that is placed on the road, normally both AmE and BrE would use 'in'.

 

'She's walking in the street!'

'Watch out! There is a tire in the road.'

 

In some cases, we use 'on', but these might be Americanisms:

 

'There are a lot of cars on the road today.'

'Be careful of ice on the streets!'

 

For both, if you are talking about specific locations along the street, the prepostion may change according to the description of the location.

 

'At the intersection of Kensington and Oxford, turn left.'

 

 

link comment edited May 23 '11 at 13:43 Kimberly Expert

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