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    Question receive a message at (or in) the right place?

    Hello teacher,
    I have a doubt. How is fair to say the sentence in subject? I have to use "in" or "at"?
    I mean when you receive a message when you're in the right place, for example in road, or in a car...
    I think "at".
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    Re: receive a message at (or in) the right place?

    ***Not a teacher***

    If I understand the question correctly, you are asking whether it is correct to say

    "I received a message at....."
    or
    "I received a message in..."

    It depends on what follows after this I am afraid.

    "I received a message...."
    ".....at the doctor's"
    ".....in the house"
    "....at home"
    "....in the car"
    "....on the roof"
    ".....at work"

    Generally, if it is something you are inside (for example, a car, a house, a a box etc), you would use 'in'.

    'at' would be used more for when giving details of a general place
    ".....at the park"
    ".....at the doctor's"
    but
    ".....in the playground at the park"
    ".....in the doctor's surgery"

    Is this what you were asking?

    Ade
    Last edited by azcl; 21-Jan-2011 at 13:25. Reason: Additional example added

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    Re: receive a message at (or in) the right place?

    yes, I understand better when I have to use "in" and "at", thanks.
    A right place is generic, so in my opinion I have to use "at": to receive a message at the right place.
    Is that correct?
    Thanks.

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    Re: receive a message at (or in) the right place?

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    to receive a message at the right place.
    Is that correct?


    I can't really think of a context where "to receive a message in/at the right place" would be used.

    "to be somewhere where I am able to receive a message"
    "to be in a suitable place to receive a message"

    If this doesn't help, would you please provide a bit more context of where you are trying to use this?

    Thanks
    Ade

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    Re: receive a message at (or in) the right place?

    More precisely I wanted to say that I received a message in/at the right place at the right time. to mean that I was lucky ...

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    Re: receive a message at (or in) the right place?

    Quote Originally Posted by antoniog85 View Post
    Hello teacher,
    I have a doubt. How is fair to say the sentence in subject? I have to use "in" or "at"?
    I mean when you receive a message when you're in the right place, for example in road, or in a car...
    I think "at".
    Thanks

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    Antonio,


    I believe that there's a saying in the United States that goes

    something like this:

    Martha: I hear that X was badly injured yesterday.

    Joe: I'm sorry to say that he was.

    Martha: What happened?

    Joe: It seems that he was IN the wrong place AT the wrong time.

    (Maybe he was crossing the street at the exact moment that

    a drunk driver came down the street at 70 m.p.h.)


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