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    at the bank

    Are the following sentences ambiguous.
    For example in the first sentence, I think, being at the bank means either you are working in a bank or you are actually in the area of the bank.

    I'm at the bank.
    I'm at the university.

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    Re: at the bank

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Are the following sentences ambiguous?
    For example, in the first sentence, I think, being at the bank means either you are working in a bank or you are actually in the area of the bank.

    I'm at the bank.

    To me, this could mean that you are either standing directly outside the bank or you are inside it. I would not take it to mean that you work there.

    I'm at the university.

    As above, you could be right outside or inside the building somewhere. Of course, if you said "I'm at university" this would simply mean you are a university student.

    Thanks
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    Re: at the bank

    Thanks for your answer, but I have taken that sentence from the Interchange Student's Book:

    So where are you working now, terry?

    I'm still at the bank.

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    Re: at the bank

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Thanks for your answer, but I have taken that sentence from the Interchange Student's Book:

    So where are you working now, terry?

    I'm still at the bank.
    Ah. Well, strangely enough, after I posted my reply I did think of the following possible exchange:

    Are you still working at the clothes shop?
    No. I'm at the bank now.

    That's very similar to your perfectly correct exchange above. However, if you simply wrote "I'm at the bank" with no context, I would assume you were simply talking about your location. As always, context is very important!

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