by a road

HSS

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Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
Hi, I'm just curious to know why the preposition here is not 'on' but 'by.' Is there any difference?

Clayton, a police officer, told a stranger to keep his dog on a leash in woods.

"I didn't think there was a leash law in this county"
"There isn't. It's for your dog's safety. Lot of cars out by the main road."
("The Lucky One" by Nicholas Sparks)
 
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  • perpend

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    I'd use "by". "by" gives it a feel or "around the main road'. They are not necessarily "on" the main road.

    It's in the vicinity.
     

    HSS

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    Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
    Oh, so Clayton was thinking of the traffic on the main road and side alleys, and maybe of off-road traffic?
     

    HSS

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    I pasted the link to the part on Google books onto the name of the book in my first post, if that's of any help.
     

    HSS

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    Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
    You could also use 'around' here, couldn't you? --- Lots of cars out around the main road. I was envisaging there was traffic running 'on' the main road, where you ought to be careful dogs don't cross it, and get killed.
     
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