Hello. What's the appropriate preposition to use in this case?
A pathole in the street or a pathole on the street?
Or maybe are both of them right? In this case, have they a slightly difference in meaning?
Thanks in advance.
"In" is the correct preposition, since the hole has depth and doesn't exist only on the surface of the street. As a general rule, "in" conveys the nuance of "on the inside of," although there are many exceptions to that rule.
Yes, excuse me. It was pothole.
I have seen both in and on used with pothole. ("in a road/on a road")
I would have said that the correct preposition would be on, because I see it on the surface of the street. But, as you has said, it is not only on the surface.
Thanks for your help.
I know that in BrEn the traditional rule has been what you say. That is, while we Americans would say "the butcher shop is on Oxford Street," you Britons would say "the butcher shop is in Oxford Street." However, I believe that is beginning to change, as you can see in this graph of British-English usage. That reflects what I hear on British TV shows as well.