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    In the balcony

    Hello,
    I read the following sentence:
    Don't allow children to stay alone in the balcony.

    Do you think "in" is okay here?
    Did they use "in" because the balcony is like a room?
    "In the living room." - "In the kitchen." - "In the balcony."


    To me "on" or "at" sounds better.
    What is your opinion?

    Cheers!

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    Re: In the balcony

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I read the following sentence:
    Don't allow children to stay alone in the balcony.

    Do you think "in" is okay here?
    Did they use "in" because the balcony is like a room?
    "In the living room." - "In the kitchen." - "In the balcony."


    To me "on" or "at" sounds better.
    What is your opinion?

    Cheers!
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    Hello, Nightmare.

    (1) Prepositions confuse me, too -- especially in, on, for, to.

    (2) I think that I am correct in saying that at would not be

    appropriate.

    (3) I think that (at least in the United States), this is the usual practice:

    (a) Use on if you are referring to your apartment balcony:

    They were eating on the balcony.

    (b) Use in if you are referring to a balcony in a theater:

    There are a few available seats in the balcony.

    Let's see what others say.

    Thank you

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    Re: In the balcony

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Nightmare.

    (1) Prepositions confuse me, too -- especially in, on, for, to.

    (2) I think that I am correct in saying that at would not be

    appropriate.

    (3) I think that (at least in the United States), this is the usual practice:

    (a) Use on if you are referring to your apartment balcony:

    They were eating on the balcony.

    (b) Use in if you are referring to a balcony in a theater:

    There are a few available seats in the balcony.

    Let's see what others say.

    Thank you
    I agree in BrE too.

    Where's John?
    He's on the balcony having a cigarette.

    We're going to the theatre on Saturday night.
    That's nice. Where are your seats?
    They're in the balcony.

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    Re: In the balcony

    Thank you very much

    Strangely, it was the balcony of an apartment/hotel.
    Maybe it's an AmE vs. BrE case.

    Cheers!

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    Re: In the balcony

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Thank you very much

    Strangely, it was the balcony of an apartment/hotel.
    Maybe it's an AmE vs. BrE case.

    Cheers!
    Both of the previous posters said that "on an appartment balcony" was correct. One is English and the other is American, so it's not likely to be an American/British difference.
    I agree with them, by the way.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 22-Jul-2010 at 08:04.

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