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    Lenka is offline Senior Member
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    In an article about members of a family I read this sentence:

    She is 45 years old and teaches English and Czech in the high school.

    Then, I have two questions for you (btw, should I just have written "for" or "on" you?)

    1) why is just the preposition "in" used? Why not "at"?
    2) Why did the narrator use definite article (in THE high school)? In the article, the school wasn't mentioned before and I believe there is not only one high school in a town. There are usually more of them - even if the town is quite small.


    Could you please correct my English (which includes a correction of everything I've just written)?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: in the high school

    We often use 'in'when the person works there and 'at' for location or visits, so a patient is at hospital and a doctor works in...
    Here, I think it refers more to the level than the institute- it's saying she's a secondary teacher not a primary teacher.

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    Default Re: in the high school

    Thanks

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    Default Re: in the high school

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    In an article about members of a family I read this sentence:

    She is 45 years old and teaches English and Czech in the high school.


    2) Why did the narrator use definite article (in THE high school)? In the article, the school wasn't mentioned before and I believe there is not only one high school in a town. There are usually more of them - even if the town is quite small.
    I don't know why 'the' was used in this instance because there isn't enough context, Lenka.

    Using 'the' tells us, one, there is only one high school or two, that the context has limited the talk to one school.

    Normally to tell where one works, there is no specific reference using 'the'.

    She is 45 years old and teaches English and Czech in high school.

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