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    In or At the train station

    Hi,

    Do you say: I will eat something at the train station or in the train station

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    Re: In or At the train station

    Both are possible. 'At' is more likely, in my opinion.

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    Re: In or At the train station

    ...and I regret the passing (but occasional survival) of the term 'railway station'.

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    Re: In or At the train station

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Both are possible. 'At' is more likely, in my opinion.
    I agree, but the bigger the commercial area, the greater the chance of in being used IMO- a branch station with a sandwich stall and a huge place offering four floors of restaurants may be treated differently.

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    Re: In or At the train station

    Can being at the railway station be understood as being near it?

    Cf: The teacher is at the chalkboard. = The teacher is near the chalkboard.
    Last edited by sergeyrais; 15-Dec-2012 at 17:36. Reason: redundand word

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    Re: In or At the train station

    Quote Originally Posted by sergeyrais View Post
    Can being at the railway station be understood as being near it?

    Cf: The teacher is at the chalkboard. = The teacher is near the chalkboard.
    Not really, no. If a teacher were near a chalkboard, then that's what we would say. If the teacher is at the chalkboard, then I expect the teacher to be standing right in front of it, probably in the act of writing on it or pointing at words already written on it.

    You're either at the railway station or you're not.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: In or At the train station

    I agree- if someone is at the chalkboard, they're close enough to use it.

    Also, on would require climbing and in would be physically impossible.

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    Re: In or At the train station

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If the teacher is at the chalkboard, then I expect the teacher to be standing right in front of it, probably in the act of writing on it or pointing at words already written on it.
    Should the preposition "at" be considered here as a preposition of place implying a certain adequate action, but not just a conventional preposition of place?
    Thus, "standing at the train" means not just "standing near it", but suggests some actions (e.g. checking up the tickets or repairing the carriage etc.)

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    Re: In or At the train station

    Quote Originally Posted by sergeyrais View Post
    Should the preposition "at" be considered here as a preposition of place implying a certain adequate action, but not just a conventional preposition of place?
    No.

    Thus, "standing at the train" means not just "standing near it", but suggests some actions (e.g. checking up the tickets or repairing the carriage etc.)
    'Standing at the train' is an unlikely phrase.

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    #10

    Re: In or At the train station

    If I were waiting for the train doors to open, I would say I was standing by the train. If the train hadn't pulled in yet, I would simply be standing on the platform, waiting for the train. Once the doors open and I get on, I'm standing on the train. This is one of those prepositions which, in some contexts, doesn't mean what you think it does. "On the train" does not mean standing on top of the train, it means you are inside the train.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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