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    Hi Experts,

    "in the corner of" is used when referring to a concept of closed space.
    The chair is in the classroom.

    "at the corner of" and "on the corner of" are used to indicate an open space, say street or park.

    But compare these sentences,
    The tree is at the corner of the street.
    The tree is on the corner of the street.


    My assumption is that if the tree is planted right on the corner, we use "on". If it is round the corner, we use "at".


    How about this one, is there any difference?
    I met him at the corner of the street.
    I met him on the corner of the street.



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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Hi Experts,

    "in the corner of" is used when referring to a concept of closed space.
    The chair is in the classroom.

    "at the corner of" and "on the corner of" are used to indicate an open space, say street or park.

    But compare these sentences,
    The tree is at the corner of the street.
    The tree is on the corner of the street.


    My assumption is that if the tree is planted right on the corner, we use "on". If it is round the corner, we use "at".


    How about this one, is there any difference?
    I met him at the corner of the street.
    I met him on the corner of the street.



    sabrina
    These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

    "At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner (position). But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).

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    Default Re: in/at/on the corner of

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

    "At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner (position). But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).
    To understand your explanation, one should know the difference between "location" and " position". :wink:


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    Default Re: in/at/on the corner of

    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

    "At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner (position). But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).
    To understand your explanation, one should know the difference between "location" and " position". :wink:

    True enough. It is sad, but one must know English to learn English -- from me. :wink:

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    True enough. It is sad, but one must know English to learn English -- from me. :wink:
    Crazy.Really crazy!


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    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    True enough. It is sad, but one must know English to learn English -- from me. :wink:
    Crazy.Really crazy!


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    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

    "At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner (position). But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).
    To understand your explanation, one should know the difference between "location" and " position". :wink:

    YES, Henry. I can't agree with you MORE.
    I was thinking the differences between 'location' and 'position', and I used my language to imagine.

    "position" is more specifically designated than "location."
    The space/area that a "location" covers might wider or broader than a "position".


    Is that right?


    Thank you in advcane to make my day.


    :D :D :D :D sabrina

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    Default Re: in/at/on the corner of

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

    "At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner (position). But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).
    To understand your explanation, one should know the difference between "location" and " position". :wink:

    YES, Henry. I can't agree with you MORE.
    I was thinking the differences between 'location' and 'position', and I used my language to imagine.

    "position" is more specifically designated than "location."
    The space/area that a "location" covers might wider or broader than a "position".


    Is that right?


    Thank you in advcane to make my day.


    :D :D :D :D sabrina
    Yes, that's pretty good. :wink:

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    Yes, that's pretty good. :wink:
    Danke sehr. Mike.

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    Default Re: in/at/on the corner of

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

    "At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner(position).But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).

    Mike, there is a mistake.

    :wink:

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