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    Exclamation 'in the home' and 'at home'

    1. What's the difference between 'in the home' and 'at home'?
    2. Is it possible to replace 'in the home' with 'at home' in the sentence below?

    The speech that young children hear is primarily the speech heard in the home.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: 'in the home' and 'at home'

    Quote Originally Posted by faryan View Post
    1. What's the difference between 'in the home' and 'at home'?
    2. Is it possible to replace 'in the home' with 'at home' in the sentence below?

    The speech that young children hear is primarily the speech heard in the home.

    Thanks in advance.
    In your sentence you could use either with the same meaning.

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    Re: 'in the home' and 'at home'

    Thanks, but is it okay to do it anytime in any context? Is it more common in the British English?
    Last edited by faryan; 24-Oct-2011 at 19:55.

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    Re: 'in the home' and 'at home'

    Quote Originally Posted by faryan View Post
    Thanks, but is it okay to do it anytime in any context? Is it more common in the British English?
    As bhaisahab has said, they are interchangeable in the context you1ve provided, but this is not always the case.
    "There are three children and a grandmother in the home." These are the people who live there, although they may not be there at the moment.
    "There are three children and a grandmother at home." These are the people who are there at the moment. Others may live there as well.

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    Re: 'in the home' and 'at home'

    Quote Originally Posted by faryan View Post
    Thanks, but is it okay to do it anytime in any context?
    No. They are not interchangeable in the following examples.

    'I left the car at home and took the bus.'

    'Make yourself at home.'

    'They're still living in the home they have shared for 40 years.'

    'The gun kept in the home was found in an unlocked cupboard.'

    Rover

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    Re: 'in the home' and 'at home'

    Your first three examples are good, Rover, but I feel that 'at home' is possible in the last one. It certainly would be if the sentence read: The gun they kept in the/at home was found in an unlocked cupboard.

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    Re: 'in the home' and 'at home'

    Thank you all, I got it.
    No one has answered the second question in my second post and it means none of those phrases above goes specifically to any kind of English,e?
    But still a question! Would you mind telling me about the function of the word 'heard' there?!

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    Re: 'in the home' and 'at home'

    Quote Originally Posted by faryan View Post
    But still a question! Would you mind telling me about the function of the word 'heard' there?!
    The speech that young children hear is primarily the speech (that is) heard in the home.

    It is the past participle of 'hear' with a passive sense.

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    Re: 'in the home' and 'at home'

    Ta!

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