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    When do you use "I'm at school."&"I'm in school."

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    Re: preposition

    "I'm at school" means that you are physically located at the school.

    "I'm in school" means that you are presently enrolled in the school, pursuing an education. You need not be physically at the school to say this.

    "I'm in the school" would mean you were physically inside the school building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "I'm at school" means that you are physically located at the school.

    "I'm in school" means that you are presently enrolled in the school, pursuing an education. You need not be physically at the school to say this.

    "I'm in the school" would mean you were physically inside the school building.
    "I'm in school" means that you are presently enrolled in the school, pursuing an education. You need not be physically at the school to say this.
    In BrE "I'm at school" means the same as "I'm in school" in AmE.

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    Re: preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "I'm in school" means that you are presently enrolled in the school, pursuing an education. You need not be physically at the school to say this.
    In BrE "I'm at school" means the same as "I'm in school" in AmE.
    Thanks.
    What do you say in BrE. when you want to say that your a physically present in school?
    Is it "I'm in school"?
    I have been taught that you say "I'm at school" if you are a student and are physically present in the school and studying there at that moment and
    "I am at the school" when you are in the school premises, maybe, as a visitor or a teacher anyone other than a student.
    Please clarify.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keen learner View Post
    Thanks.
    What do you say in BrE. when you want to say that your a physically present in school?
    Is it "I'm in school"?
    I have been taught that you say "I'm at school" if you are a student and are physically present in the school and studying there at that moment and
    "I am at the school" when you are in the school premises, maybe, as a visitor or a teacher anyone other than a student.
    Please clarify.
    Thanks.
    In BrE, we use "I'm at school" to mean both our physical location and also that we are still in continuous education. The context would make it clear which one we mean.

    - Where are you?
    - I'm at school. It's 10.30am. Where else would I be?!

    - Where do you work?
    - I don't work. I'm [still] at school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In BrE, we use "I'm at school" to mean both our physical location and also that we are still in continuous education. The context would make it clear which one we mean.

    - Where are you?
    - I'm at school. It's 10.30am. Where else would I be?!

    - Where do you work?
    - I don't work. I'm [still] at school.
    Thanks a lot.
    Please clarify my second Query too.
    "I'm at the school." Is it correct and is used in the same context as i have mentioned in my previous post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by keen learner View Post
    Thanks a lot.
    Please clarify my second Query too.
    "I'm at the school." Is it correct and is used in the same context as i have mentioned in my previous post?
    If you want to refer to the building you're in and you're not a teacher or a student there, then yes, you could say "I'm at the school" (provided the listener knows which school you're talking about).

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you want to refer to the building you're in andyou're not a teacher or a student there, then yes, you could say "I'm at the school" (provided the listener knows which school you're talking about).
    Thank you.
    Would this hold true for the employees(anyone working at school) of the school like the office staff etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you want to refer to the building you're in and you're not a teacher or a student there, then yes, you could say "I'm at the school" (provided the listener knows which school you're talking about).
    This means that anyone working/studying and teaching at school will say "I'm at school" whereas an outsider would say "I'm at the school." to indicate his location.
    Please clarify.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by keen learner View Post
    This means that anyone working/studying and teaching at school will say "I'm at school" whereas an outsider would say "I'm at the school." to indicate his location.
    Please clarify.
    Thanks
    I wouldn't expect an employee (ie a cleaner or a cook) employed by the school to use either "I'm at school" or "I'm at the school". I would expect them to say "I'm at work"!

    To clarify:

    - A student could say "I'm at school" to indicate that they are in the school building during the school day, during the time of lessons.
    - A student could say "I'm at school" to indicate that they are in full-time education, not working.
    - A student could say "I'm at the school" to indicate their physical location, but outside of school hours (perhaps they are there for an evening drama rehearsal or an awards ceremony).
    - A teacher could say "I'm at school" or "I'm at work" to indicate that they are in the building doing their normal job.
    - An employee who is not a teacher would probably say "I'm at work".

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