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    I place Jesus in the centre of my life.

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    I'd say 'at the centre'.

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    Hi Tdol

    I agree. It should be 'at the centre'.

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    Sorry, I disagree slightly. While neither is particularly incorrect and both are commonly used, IN is where you place things. You don't place the dinner AT the oven!

    It really is down to whether 'The Centre' is the target, or 'My Life' is the target. You can put something AT the centre of something, and you can also put something IN the centre of something.

    However, 'My Life' is an ongoing time span - you can't put something AT at time span, you can put something IN a time span.

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    Your explanation is logical.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedant View Post
    Sorry, I disagree slightly. While neither is particularly incorrect and both are commonly used, IN is where you place things. You don't place the dinner AT the oven!

    It really is down to whether 'The Centre' is the target, or 'My Life' is the target. You can put something AT the centre of something, and you can also put something IN the centre of something.

    However, 'My Life' is an ongoing time span - you can't put something AT at time span, you can put something IN a time span.
    I don't fully agree with this:
    There's a hole in the centre of a DVD- physical location and identifiable. In this case, I would be much less likely to say 'at'.

    But where is the centre of your life? It's a concept, so I feel that 'at' is more appropriate. We don't say 'at an oven' because it is a clearly delimited space. We say 'at home' because it is more general; we move to 'in' when it becomes more specific, as in the room. I don't think that 'life' is sufficiently clear for me to use 'in' here. 'Life' here is the existence to me, not the time span.

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    #7

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    Thanks, Tdol. I also see your point. Therefore, I agree that 'at' is correct.

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