27/05/16 What’s the Difference between ‘In Front Of’, ‘Facing’ & ‘Opposite’?


We do not use in front of to mean “across a road/ river/ room etc from”. This idea is usually expressed with opposite or facing. In the US, across from.

There’s a garage opposite my house. (NOT … in front of my house.)
She sat facing me across the table. (NOT … in front of me.)

In front of is the opposite of behind. Compare:
There’s a bus stop in front of the school.
(The bus stop is on the same side of the road as the school.)
There’s a bus stop opposite the school.
(The bus stop is on the other side of the road from the school.)