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    Please tell me

    Hi there,
    Would you please tell me the difference between "in school" and "at school"? Thank you.

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    Re: Please tell me

    The preposition "in" places emphasis on the act, whereas the preposition "at" places emphasis more on the location than the act.


    Ex: I'm in school studying.
    Ex: I'm at school studying.


    But to speakers who are unaware of that subtle difference, "in school" and "at school" mean one and the same thing.

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    Re: Please tell me

    Quote Originally Posted by lisa666 View Post
    Hi there,
    Would you please tell me the difference between "in school" and "at school"? Thank you.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    (1) Here in the United States, I believe that there is often a

    difference:

    Police officer: Where is your son? I want to speak with him.

    Mother: He is at school right now. He will be back home in two hours.

    ***

    Mrs. Smith: My daughter is a lawyer.

    Mrs. Jones: My daughter is an architect.

    Mesdames Smith and Jones look at Mrs. Anderson and ask:

    And what about your daughter?

    Mrs. Anderson: Well, my daughter is still in school, but when

    she graduates from college in two more years, she will make more

    money than a lawyer or architect.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER

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