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  1. Ali.z

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    What is the difference between "working at a restaurant" & "working in a restaurant" ?

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    Re: at or in

    Sometime there isn't a difference--at least, not all speakers would consider there to be a difference in meaning. If there were an easy and straight forward answer, it would be Location and Action. For example, I work at Spiro's (Location) in the kitchen (Action). Consider:

    [1] I am at the restaurant. <emphasis is on where I am>
    [2] I am in the restaurant. <emphasis is on what I am doing>
    [3] I am at the restaurant, now, waiting in the restaurant.


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