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    Post prep - in versus at

    Dear teachers

    Am I correct in assuming 'in' would read better than 'at' in this sentence:

    Teen arrested for threating people with gun at Mexican mall.

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    Re: prep - in versus at

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear teachers Unnecessary

    Am I correct in assuming 'in' would read better than 'at' in this headline: (It is not a sentence as there is no main verb.)

    Teen arrested for threatening people with gun at Mexican mall.
    To me, at sounds perfect.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: prep - in versus at

    "At" is fine. What would read better would be the word "threatening", not the incorrect "threating".

    Edit: Sorry, Rover, I hadn't noticed your correction of the original.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: prep - in versus at

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    To me, at sounds perfect.
    Rover
    It doesn't mean 'in' is incorrect though, as the headline above suggests:

    Jailbreak! Cat caught with saws, drills and phone in Brazil prison - CNN.com

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    Re: prep - in versus at

    Where I live, in the mall means inside the mall. At the mall would always be used if the occurrence took place out in the parking lot (car-park), but could also be used if the event occurred indoors. So in is more specific and at more general, at least in Canada.

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    Re: prep - in versus at

    In BrE, at​ the mall (or at the "shopping centre") generally means inside it. If I were in the car park etc, I would say "I'm outside the mall" or "I'm in the car park at the mall".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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