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    in or on the campus?

    English teachers of the Chinese origin give such a rule:

    in the university
    on the campus

    Sounds like 'in the campus' is not accepted English. Is that so? Thank you.

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    Re: in or on the campus?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiamajia View Post
    English teachers of the Chinese origin give such a rule:

    in the university
    on the campus

    Sounds like 'in the campus' is not accepted English. Is that so? Thank you.
    Not only would I say that it should be "on", but also that "the" isn't always necessary.

    I'm a student at Southampton University.
    Do you live in town?
    No, I live on campus.

    However, it is required sometimes:

    I'm going to play tennis.
    Where?
    At the courts on the university campus.

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    Re: in or on the campus?

    It is the same on this side of the Atlantic.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: in or on the campus?

    I'm going to play tennis.
    Where?
    At the courts on the university campus.
    This sounds to me as if the speaker is possibly not a student there.

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    Re: in or on the campus?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    This sounds to me as if the speaker is possibly not a student there.
    That's a good point. I imagine if you were a student there, you would probably say "At the courts on campus". Thanks.

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