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Some street names end with 路 and some with 街. I was curious to know if there is any difference in the meaning of the two words. When I look them up in a dictionary both say "street".

Are they the same? Is one used over another in particular situations?

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过街 - cross the street

逛大街 - to go window shopping/to have a stroll

走错路 -or- 走弯路 take the wrong path (both literally and figuratively)

走投无路 - to be at an impasse/to have no way out/to be at a dead end (again both lit. and fig.)


街 is more like a literal street, while 路 is equivalent to road but it can also be used figuratively for paths/directions in life, etc.

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