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    in front of

    I write a very short story using simple present tense. Please correct my sentences if I am wrong.

    1. Suddenly I see the watch in front of the door. (The watch was stolen by a thief and found in front of the door)
    2 Suddenly I see the watch at the door.

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    Re: in front of

    'In front of the door' sounds much better. Maybe it's not a hard and fast rule, but I associate 'at the door' with people and animals (ie, standing at the door)


    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Re: in front of

    It is not incorrect but it does sound a little unnatural. I suggest:

    - I see the watch on the ground in front of the door.
    - I see the watch lying in front of the door.

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