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'Towards' vs 'Opposite'. [British English] I can't understand the difference between 'Towards' and 'Opposite'. - The supermarket is opposite the school. Can we say: - The supermarket is towards the school. - Walking towards you. - Walking opposite you.
Jun 11, 2015 4:52 PM
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'Towards' describes a movement in a certain direction. "The boat sailed towards the island." 'Opposite' describes a fixed position, relative to another location. "The cinema is opposite the station"
June 11, 2015
Both are correct but they mean quite different things. 'The supermarket is opposite the school'. The supermarket is on the other side of the street to the school. 'The supermarket is towards the school' means to get to the supermarket you have to go in the same direction as you would to get to the school.
June 11, 2015
The first sentence with "opposite" suggests that the two buildings are across the street from each other. The next suggests that the supermarket is in the direction, or in the vicinity, of the school. Someone who walks towards you is approaching you from some direction. I don't really recognize the phrase "to walk opposite of someone".
June 11, 2015
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