I just wanted to know which preposition is correct in the following examples below. I've seen
both being used but wanted to know whether they're interchangeable or whether only one preposition is correct in The English UK language. Thanks

1) I've parkerd my car IN the street ? Or I've parked my car ON the street? 2) The car is parked in the side road or the car is parked ON the side road? 3) I live in a street called... Or I live on a street called... Same for road? I'm just not too sure which one to use or are both acceptable. Can both prepositions be used. Thanks

asked Mar 29 '13 at 23:26 Jaz New member

Thanks Lewis for responding. I think the preposition 'In' can be used too when referring to city streets in British English ? Example- A police car was parked in a side street. Another example-No parking in a restricted street. Please clarify if possible , thanks.

JazMar 30 '13 at 01:28

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For some prepositions, American English and British English employ different preferences (I hesitate to call them "rules"). Whether British or American flavored, English often allows the choice of several prepositions in the same sentence -- with subtle differences in meaning depending upon which is chosen. For example:


I parked my car on the street. This is the most common usage in American English. But I parked my car in the street is also heard. In, to the American ear, suggests that the car was left in the traffic lanes rather than on the parking margin at the edge of the street. 


The car is parked in the side road. This is seldom heard in American English and sounds wrong to the American ear. The car is parked on the side road is, by far, the more common usage. But consider, Americans will say I parked my car on the side road and also say I parked my car in the alley.


Although there are exception -- see alley above -- Americans will use IN when describing something that is INSIDE an enclosed area or space. ON is used when the emphasis is that the object in ON TOP of something not enclosed. To the American mind, a street is not an enclosing or limiting space.

link answered Mar 30 '13 at 04:19 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

Thank Jeff for the clarification. It reverts to prepositions being interchangeable depending upon the context they're used. An example, I sat in the chair or I sat on the chair.

JazMar 30 '13 at 15:23

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