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What is the difference between the following?

[ I am on a bus] Could you stop by/at/on/in 23rd and Pine?

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You have to use at or by there. One stops at the intersection of 23rd and Pine. The others don’t work in the bus context. You would use at to mean exactly there and use by to mean anywhere close.

It could also be “It’s on 23rd at Pine,” but that’s different.

You could never use in.

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British English: "It's in Regent Street," and "Does this bus stop in Oxford Street?" are perfectly correct (although the American on is becoming more common). –  Andrew Leach May 2 '12 at 6:38
    
@AndrewLeach- What does stop with mean? –  Noah May 8 '12 at 9:59

"Stop at" is a definitive stop, with the emphasis on a particular location; this is the most appropriate usage for the bus making a stop.

When used as a verb "stop by" connotes a brief pauses, and usually implies continued motion after the pause. "By" could also be used as a synonym of "near", as in "Stop by (near) the intersection", with a meaning more similar to "stop at". The difference here is subtle and usually requires more context to distinguish.

"Stop on" and "stop in" wouldn't apply here. "Stop on" might refer to stopping in a bounded or contained region (a chess piece might "stop on" a square), "stop in" is generally used for a person visiting another person, often in a building or other closed structure (ex: "Stop in after work, I'd love to see you.")

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What about 'stop with'? Like, could you stop with the courtyards? –  Noah May 2 '12 at 13:39
    
No, but you could stop with the brake pedal. –  Kaz Dragon Oct 18 '12 at 13:18

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