San
Lv 5

Which word is correct?

Shoppers began lining up (on / along) the street hours before the store opened.

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  • 2 months ago
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    you may say either.  I would tend to use on, myself.  People line up on a street.  The difference is that, literally, on requires people to occupy the physical area that is the street, whereas along would mean the length of the street but not in the street, only next to it.  However, when we say "On a street" we do not mean it literally.  There are seven houses on that street does not mean that the houses are physically upon the roadbed.  That would not make much sense.

  • RP
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    I'd skip both. Shoppers begin lining up hours before the store opened. The reason to reject both and eliminate "the street" is that shoppers typically congregate in front of the store which would be along the sidewalk.

  • RR
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    I would probably use along but both are acceptable.

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