There are two people talking and facing each other. One person says "we need to go to the garage to get the car, it's the building across from us with the red roof"

What can this mean? I know "across" means:

  1. On, at, or from the other side of: across the street.(source TFD)

So it means on the other side of the street but i've no idea what across from us might mean.

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Webster has an entry for "across from": on the opposite side from (someone or something). Lexico simply defines it as OPPOSITE.

But perhaps the confusion is that the construction "across from" always implies an extra noun, which might be left unsaid. In this case, a building is probably "across [the street] from us." If I said "At dinner, I sat across from Peter," I'm probably across [the table] from him.

  • I forgot to mention that where the conversation takes place there is a fence between the people talking and the building. Could it be possible that this is why it was said that way? Nov 3, 2021 at 21:24
  • Then perhaps it's across [the fence]. I think I only just now understand your confusion: Is it that the people are facing each other, and therefore in opposite directions? But yes, my answer still holds; the two people count as a group, and the building is "opposite" the group, with something in between (like a fence, an alley, a courtyard, etc.) Nov 3, 2021 at 21:28

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