I had seen them walking on/along the road past my window several times before.

Which should I use: along or on?

Can I use one in place of other without changing meaning and sense?

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along refers to moving in a constant direction, whereas on doesn't.

Therefore to answer your question, it would depend on the context. In your example, because you have already referred to a direction of travel by using the phrase "past my window", then these could almost be used synonymously, but there is still a subtle difference in meaning.

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    Exactly. Walking on the road could mean walking in circles on top of the road. It could mean walking across the road. Walking along the road means walking roughly parallel to (and possibly, but not necessarily directly on top of) the road. The sidewalk and utility lines run along the road, but not on it.
    – Davo
    Jan 12, 2018 at 12:15
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    I had seen them walking on the road instead of the sidewalk. In a context like that, on is better, but usually along is the better preposition.
    – J.R.
    Jan 12, 2018 at 14:17
  • @J.R. - I agree, along is better.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 12, 2018 at 14:30

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