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    • Join Date: Jul 2009
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    "at the" or "in the" Library

    im a student of the intro level of the Interchange Course
    in the last unit of our work book author used 'in the library' and 'at the library'
    can we use both of them anywhere?


    my name is ayad rostami zade from iran. my first language is Arabic and I spaek Persian too.
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    Re: "at the" or "in the" Library

    Yes, you can use both of them, but not anywhere, as you put it.

    They are both correct, but have a somewhat different emphasis.

    Saying at the library emphasizes that someone or something is at that location. The speaker is thinking of the library as a point, like a point on a map.

    Saying in the library emphasizes that someone or something is inside that building (as opposed to being outside).

    For example, let's say I'm a student and I'm in my room back at the dormitory. Someone asks me where my roommate is. I would say:

    "He's at the library."

    That's the location where he currently is.

    Now, let's say my roommate and I go to the library to study, and we are getting ready to leave. I exit first, and I'm standing outside the library waiting for my roommate to come out. Someone walks up to me and asks me where my roommate is. I would say:

    "He's in the library."

    In other words, he's still inside the building. He hasn't come outside yet.

    Hope this is helpful.

    Greg


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    Re: "at the" or "in the" Library

    thanks Greg . it was very helpfull

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