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Are the cars depicted in the first two scenes below parked alongside the wall?

If yes, let's suppose that all cars except one have gone away. Are the cars depicted in the scenes below still parked alongside the wall?

If not, what preposition do you use to describe the last two situations? And, is there a minimum number of cars under which you no longer use alongside?

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I would say the top pictures show vehicles parked alongside a wall, but the bottom pictures show vehicles parked against the wall.

I would use the same prepositions if there was one car or many cars. From the top, then, I see:

  • 7 cars alongside a wall,
  • 12 cars against a wall,
  • 1 car parked alongside a wall, and
  • 1 car parked against the wall.

Collins definition #8 for against reads:

against next to; adjoining ⇒ the house against the church

If one didn't like against for some reason, an alternative would be perpendicular to:

  • There are 12 cars parked perpendicular to the wall.

Finally, one could use along in place of alongside:

  • There is one car parked along the wall.
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  • J.R., and, do you see 12 cars parked along against the wall, too?
    – user2903
    Oct 13, 2013 at 1:55
  • No, I would only use one preposition in this context.
    – J.R.
    Oct 13, 2013 at 9:17

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