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    Posted by dany (U14184020) on Thursday, 21st February 2013

    Hi, teachers!

    I have many doubts about the prepositions IN and ON. How can I say?

    - There are many cars in \ on the street.
    - Many people are walking in \ on the sidewalk.
    - There are many ducks in\ on the lake.
    - Many boats are in \ on the sea.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Posted by Hattie (U14841294) on Thursday, 21st February 2013

    Cars can be either in or on the street.
    People cannot walk 'in' the sidewalk. Use 'on'.
    Ducks would usually be referred to as being on the lake. Only in specific circumstances would we say a duck was in a lake, probably involving it being underwater at the time.
    Boats afloat are on the sea. Boats which are in the sea have sunk (not necessarily to the bottom but certainly they are no longer floating normally). Water is a little different in that a boat afloat can be said to be in the water or on the water.

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