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    at the exam vs in the exam

    "He had been working a lot. So he didn't fail at the exam."

    I would have said in the exam. Am I rigth? What's the difference?

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    #2

    Re: at the exam vs in the exam

    I'd simply say "so he didn't fail the exam.."

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    Re: at the exam vs in the exam

    Quote Originally Posted by david82 View Post
    I'd simply say "so he didn't fail the exam.."
    What about the preposition?

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    Re: at the exam vs in the exam

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What about the preposition?
    Itīs better without the preposition. Your original quote seems to be a non sequitur. Did you mean to say that he didnīt pass the exam?
    Last edited by riquecohen; 30-Sep-2010 at 13:05.

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    Re: at the exam vs in the exam

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Itīs better without the preposition.
    How about this one?

    " I blanked in the oral exam."

    OR

    "I blanked at the oral exam.'

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    Re: at the exam vs in the exam

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "He had been working a lot. So he didn't fail at the exam."

    I would have said in the exam. Am I rigth? What's the difference?
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    (1) Yes, prepositions are very difficult, for they differ from English-

    speaking country to English-speaking country, and even within the

    same country (California: stand in line; New York: stand on line).

    (2) If you wanted a preposition for your sentence, I should

    suggest:

    How did you do on the test?

    (3) The in vs. on difference is really confusing. If you wish to become

    fluent in American English, try to keep a list of how those two prepositions

    are used in American writing. Little by little, you will start to see a

    pattern.

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    Re: at the exam vs in the exam

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Itīs better without the preposition. Your original quote seems to be a non sequitur. Did you mean to say that he didnīt pass the exam?
    Yes.

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    Re: at the exam vs in the exam

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    (1) Yes, prepositions are very difficult, for they differ from English-

    speaking country to English-speaking country, and even within the

    same country (California: stand in line; New York: stand on line).

    (2) If you wanted a preposition for your sentence, I should

    suggest:

    How did you do on the test?

    (3) The in vs. on difference is really confusing. If you wish to become

    fluent in American English, try to keep a list of how those two prepositions

    are used in American writing. Little by little, you will start to see a

    pattern.
    So "in" and "on" are interchangeable in AmE? I would never say "at the exam". Is it wrong?

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    Re: at the exam vs in the exam

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So "in" and "on" are interchangeable in AmE? I would never say "at the exam". Is it wrong?
    I got the feeling that you use "on the test" because a test comes on several sheets of paper and you're going to write on it. You use "in the exam" to emphasize your phisical presence in a class where your test took place. Right?

    Guess same thing "stand on line" and "stand in line"?

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    Re: at the exam vs in the exam

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So "in" and "on" are interchangeable in AmE? I would never say "at the exam". Is it wrong?
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    (1) Sorry if I gave the impression that "in" and "on" are interchangeable.

    No, they are usually not.

    (2) I think that most Americans prefer "on the test/examination."

    (3) But: "How did you do in your job interview?"

    (4) As far as "at the exam," it would -- in my opinion -- be

    "wrong" if you are referring to the test paper itself.

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