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    Default in a bar vs at a bar

    "We were in a bar" means we were inside of the bar.

    "We were sitting at the bar" means we were sitting at the counter having our drinks. Is it correct?

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    Default Re: in a bar vs at a bar

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    The short answer is yes. The longer answer is not so simple. The word "bar" has a number of different meanings. For example, a bar is that location where a river meets an ocean - "We were just in the bar when the storm struck."

    "We were sitting at the bar", could have the meaning you gave it. It could also have this meaning, "We were sitting at the bar on 42nd Street." "At" used this way, denotes location.
    So If I want to give the location, I should say "We were sitting at the bar on 42nd Street". If I don't want to mention the location just want to say that we were inside of a bar I might put it like this "We were sitting in a bar"?
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    Default Re: in a bar vs at a bar

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Yes, that's fine.

    If there are several bars on 42nd Street than I'll say" We were stting at a bar on 42nd Street"?

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