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    in or at?

    Dear teachers,

    I came across a sentence " The plane landed in the small airport" . Why "in" is used here instead of "at"? Does it mean that the airport is small and not facilitated and it was like an open ground? Or we can use both "in" and "at" to go with the word "airport"?

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    Re: in or at?

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&l...+an+airport%22

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&l...+an+airport%22


    at- location
    in- an enclosed area


    If the plane landed in an airport, I would think it was inside the airport building, next to Information.

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    Either "in" or "at" works. The former, as blacknomi points out, refers to an enclosed area. The latter refers to a fix point. Using "in" holds greater expressive power: The plane lands down into the airport.

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    Dear Blacknomi,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&l...+an+airport%22

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&l...+an+airport%22


    at- location
    in- an enclosed area


    If the plane landed in an airport, I would think it was inside the airport building, next to Information.

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    Dear Casiopea,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang


    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Either "in" or "at" works. The former, as blacknomi points out, refers to an enclosed area. The latter refers to a fix point. Using "in" holds greater expressive power: The plane lands down into the airport.


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    You're most welcome.

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