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    children are happy in this school

    Can one use:
    1-The children are happy in this school.
    instead of:
    2-The children in this school are happy.

    Can one use:
    3-The furniture is old in my house.
    instead of:
    4-The furniture in my house is old.

    Can one use:
    5-The doors squeak in my house.
    instead of:
    6-The doors in my house squeak.


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    Re: children are happy in this school

    Yes. Personally, however, I prefer using the second sentence of each set. They just come more naturally (to me, I repeat).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: children are happy in this school

    Sentences 3 and 5 sounds as if the furniture is only old when it is in your house, and that the doors only squeak when they are in your house. By using sentences 4 and 6, you make it clear that you are talking about your own furniture and doors.

    1 and 2 are both possible with slightly different meanings. I would use sentence 1 if I were talking about a few specific children and I wanted to make it clear that they are happy in this particular school - perhaps they were not happy in a previous school. I would use sentence 2 if I simply wanted to explain that all the children who attend that particular school are happy.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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