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    Cool on prepositions

    I've 2 questions about the use of different prepositions.

    1) You know some Universities in the UK has a collegiate system and it's very common to ask and to be asked the question "which college are you at?". In replying to this question, Can we say:

    I'm at ABC College. I'm under ABC College. I'm with ABC College.

    What are the differences?

    2) Another Similar question, the preposition 'with': I'd like to confirm whether the following is correct and good use of English:

    - I'm flying WITH virgin this time.
    - I'm working WITH ABC company. ['at' can be used to replace WITH and what are the differences?]

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    Is the title appropriate? I've seen this somewhere. It's kind of common to use On + XXX as a title, isn't it?

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    Default Re: on prepositions

    1) I'm at ABC College. I'm under ABC College. I'm with ABC College.

    2) I'm flying with v Virgin this time.

    3) I'm working WITH ABC company.

    If you work for ABC, ABC are employing you. If you work at ABC, ABC are probably employing you. If you work with ABC, you and ABC may be collaborating on a joint venture, or you may be providing a service for them. Unfortunately, at and with are used fairly loosely, so you cannot be sure, without more context, what the working relationship between the speaker and ABC is. Even with 'for, we don't know whether the speaker is a permanent or temporary employee of ABC, or is providing a service for them.

    Is the title appropriate? I've seen this somewhere. It's kind of common to use On + XXX as a title, isn't it?
    Only if you are writing a paper about XXX. A better title for this thread would have been 'at/with/for' a company, etc?

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