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    at/on/in a cemetry

    Hi,

    Which preposition is correct in the following sentence:

    "All the commandants of the Peter and Paul fortress were buried at/in/on the cemetry which is now considered to be the oldest one in the city"?

    Could you also tell me in which contexts we can use all these three prepositions (if it's possible from a grammatical point of view)?

    Thanks

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    Re: at/on/in a cemetry

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    Hi,

    Which preposition is correct in the following sentence:

    "All the commandants of the Peter and Paul fortress were buried at/in/on the cemetry which is now considered to be the oldest one in the city"?

    Could you also tell me in which contexts we can use all these three prepositions (if it's possible from a grammatical point of view)?

    Thanks
    You can use "at" or "in", "on" is not possible.

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    Re: at/on/in a cemetry

    First, note the spelling: cemetery

    In BrE, we normally use "in" when talking about a cemetery but without using a proper noun.

    He's buried in a cemetery in London.
    We buried her in the local cemetery.

    However, when it's a named cemetery, I would use either "in" or "at".

    He's buried in Highgate Cemetery.
    She's buried at La Cimetiere Pere Lachaise in Paris.

    We don't use "on a cemetery".

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    Re: at/on/in a cemetry

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    You can use "at" or "in", "on" is not possible.
    Thanks. So "at" and "in" mean the same or "at" can imply that a person is buried not on the cemetry territory, but somewhere nearby?

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    Re: at/on/in a cemetry

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    Thanks. So "at" and "in" mean the same or "at" can imply that a person is buried not on the cemetry territory, but somewhere nearby?
    They mean the same.

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    Re: at/on/in a cemetry

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    Thanks. So "at" and "in" mean the same or "at" can imply that a person is buried not on the cemetry territory, but somewhere nearby?
    No. You're either buried in a plot within the cemetery grounds or you're not. In the UK, you can't be buried outside a recognised cemetery (not necessarily in a churchyard of course).

    Please note again the spelling of cemetery. You omitted the third "e" again in your post.

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    Re: at/on/in a cemetry

    Thanks! I've omitted "e" by chance. I know that it should be "cemetery". Thanks!

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