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on the corner or in the corner

On the corner or in the corner? On the corner or at the corner?
Which preposition is correct?

Study the following example sentences:

There's a little market right on the corner.
I saw a man standing
on the corner and begging for change.
Here we are
on the corner of Fifteenth Street and Sixth Avenue.
After school we usually go to the shop
on the corner.
He owns a baker's shop
on the corner of Thames Street.

The boy sat
in the corner with his eyes closed.
The loaded rifle rested
in the corner next to the door.
There was a big clock
in the corner of the room.
I saw a security camera
in the corner of the ceiling.
The rabbit sat
in the corner of its cage.
They put a portable TV-set
in the corner of the tent.
I'm
in the bottom right-hand corner of the picture.
My son is
in the top left-hand corner of the photo.

John was standing in a quiet spot
at the corner of the subway station.
The main entrance to the building is located
at the corner of Norfolk Avenue and Burke Street.
Fiona wiped
at the corner of her eye several times.
Andrew used to sell hot dogs
at the corner of Columbus Avenue and Wellington Street.
She had been sitting
at the corner of the patio, alone.

As you can see, you can choose from three different prepositons to express a similar meaning.
Unfortunately, it is really hard to give any precise rules, so you can either learn from the examples above or use the prompts given below.

If you talk about your exact location and mention two streets, roads, avenues etc. in your sentence, you can use either "on" or "at" ("on/at the corner of A and B").

The phrase "in the corner" is often used when we talk about enclosed spaces like boxes, rooms, tents, cages or buildings. Sometimes you do not need to mention the name of the place because it is obvious where you are, so you say "I put it in the corner" but the meaning is "I put in the corner of the bedroom".

"On the corner" is not usually followed by "of" unless you talk about streets and roads. So you should say, e.g. "in the corner of the screen", not "on the corner of the screen".

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Wyjaśnienie po polsku:

na rogu (ulicy) = on the corner lub at the corner
w rogu (pokoju, zdjęcia, ekranu) = in the corner

Zasady stosowania "on/in/at the corner" są dość skomplikowane, więc najlepiej zapoznać się z dużą ilością przykładowych zdań (podanych powyżej) i samemu dojść do pewnych wniosków. Istnieje jednak kilka ogólnych wytycznych:

W odniesieniu do zamkniętych (zadaszonych) pomieszczeń zwykle stosujemy "in the corner".
W odniesieniu do ulic (jednej lub dwóch) stosujemy "on the corner" lub "at the corner".
Przysłowiowy "sklep na rogu" to "shop on the corner".
Fraza "on the corner" rzadko występuje z "of", chyba że po "of" podana jest nazwa ulicy, alei, placu, itp.


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