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    at/ in

    Hi there,
    Could you help with the following options?

    There are some cardboard boxes on the table ______ the back of the mailroom. They should have been delivedred to the fifth floor but were sent up to our office by mistake.

    a. in
    b. on

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    Re: at/ in

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    Could you help with the following options?

    There are some cardboard boxes on the table _(in)(at)_____ the back of the mailroom. They should have been delivedred to the fifth floor but were sent up to our office by mistake.

    a. in
    b. on

    tks
    pete
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    Re: at/ in

    Hi there,

    I don't know the difference in the meanings between 'in the back of' and 'at the back of' in the example.

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    Re: at/ in

    Hi there,

    Sorry, then how about this:

    Students are standing in/ at the back of the classroom.

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    Re: at/ in

    hi there,

    any ideas?


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    Re: at/ in

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    hi there,

    any ideas?


    tks
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    Perhaps it may be of help to say:

    'at' is a reference point. 'In' is a three-dimensional reference.
    Often, either will do-- the listener will interpret the situation appropriately.

    Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.


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    Re: at/ in

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    Sorry, then how about this:

    Students are standing in/ at the back of the classroom.

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    "at the back"

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    Re: at/ in

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "at the back"
    So would you say that "He's in the back of the bus" is incorrect? I often hear this and it's probably an Americanism. I wouldn't say it's wrong.

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    Re: at/ in

    Hi there,

    So are both of them? 'In' is American English while 'at' is British English?

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    Angry Re: at/ in

    Boys, can't you get them any more complicated, you Brits and Americans!

    I guess I'm partial to Americans, though. In back of vs in front of and at/in the back of vs at/in the front of are much simpler and make more sense to me.

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