In a) the street is understood as an area enclosed by the sidewalks on either side. Compare b) with
the discussion of sentence 3) in the first section. Here
locates the house on either side of Third
Street: it doesn't mean that the street is a surface on which the house sits. Because the street is
understood as a line next to which the house is situated,
functions much like
in its normal use:
it locates the house in relation to the street but does not specify the exact address. For that purpose,
is used because the address is like a particular point on the line. Compare: "Our house is at 323
Third Street." In c)
is an idiom meaning "poor" or "destitute."
are also used with means of transportation:
is used with a car,
with public or
commercial means of transportation:
the car the bus the plane the train the ship
Some speakers of English make a further distinction for public modes of transportation, using
when the carrier is stationary and
when it is in motion.
My wife stayed
The passengers sat
the bus while I got out at the rest stop. the plane awaiting takeoff.
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