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    #1

    at, in

    1. I promise to meet her at school.

    2. I promise to meet her in school.

    Are the above writing correct? If both are correct, then what are the differences between them?


    Ju

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    Re: at, in

    I think the first is more common. 'At school' to me is purely geographical, while 'in school' is more conceptual -- during lessons, among classes, while studying.

    Examples:
    I met my wife in university, though most of my friends met theirs in high school.
    I got lost on Saturday at school, so I must have a bad sense of direction.

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    Re: at, in

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    1. I promise to meet her at school. This would suggest to me that I will meet her by entering or without entering the building, depending on context.

    2. I promise to meet her in school. This would suggest that I will enter the building to meet her.

    Are the above writing correct? If both are correct, then what are the differences between them?


    Ju
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