On the street or in the street?~ Dead animals are on/in the street.?



I would say: "There are some dead animals in the street". I would not start that sort of remark with "Dead animals are....".

either, really.I would say in the street if they are int he way of traffic, but on the sides of the road if not in the actual traffic zone. I would not say "on" the street, myself.Sure, they might physically be situated on the road surface, but that isn't the idea of on the street.On the street means using or occupying the road, at least to me.I don't see dead animals as using the road.

On the street


dead ones can be on the street, living ones can be in the street.

Note that "in the way" means something completely different

Dead animals are on the street....means they are standing ON the street.

There are dead animals in the street.
There are dead animals lying on the road.

"In the street" is the more common usage, but an argument can be made for both, depending on nuance.

The use of "in" suggests that the street is more than simply a surface.Rather it's part of a "right of way" that presumably extends above the pavement, at least as far as the tallest vehicles. It's similar to a parking space.You park "in" the parking space. (however, your tire might be "on" the line)

"On" suggests the street is simply the pavement."Dead animals are on the asphalt".

It's pretty hard to imagine dead animals being anywhere other than "on" the pavement, but using the wider definition of street,the pavement is also technically "in" the street.

btw, I live on a dirt road....but let's not go there!

"On" is preferred. On = On top of, In = within the confines/boundaries. Both are accepted.
On the highway, on the road
Sometimes there are regional word use exceptions by convention. Sometimes the choice is convention.
On the bus, boat, plane, train
In the car, van, truck

'on'the street ...............but you have to go 'in' the street to see one ........