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    Good


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    i heard of "be good at"
    that's only what i get

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firelord
    i heard of "be good at"
    that's only what i get
    "At" is correct, but "in" is also a proper choice. :wink:

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    In British English, we don't use 'in' here much at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    In British English, we don't use 'in' here much at all.
    One more difference.

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    Yet another!

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    Re: Good

    The rule that for example "Vocabulary in Use" gives us is "to be good at", but it sound weird if we say "to be good at arts", doesn't it?
    So I guess it is good at, but sometimes in appears.. like exceptions.. or like AmE..

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    Re: Good

    I'd use 'at' here, but many American speakers would use 'in', which would be uncommon in the UK.

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    I've actually rarely heard anyone use "good in math" unless they mean the class (as opposed to the subject), whether they say the "class" part or not.

    He's good in math [class].

    At the same time, though, saying "He's good at math class" as opposed to math as a subject sounds a little funny to me.

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    Wink Re: Good

    Hi there,
    Is there any special rule for such questions,"to use a correct preposition".
    Thanks

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