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    in the office / at office

    Hi,
    Dictionaries say:

    at the office: when you are in a building that belongs to a company where people can work at desks.
    Have a nice day at the office.

    in office: an important job or position with power, especially in government.
    She was celebrating ten years in office.

    This is my question:
    Have you ever heard "in the office" or "at office"?


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    Thank you

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    Re: in the office / at office

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Hi,
    Dictionaries say:

    at the office: when you are in a building that belongs to a company where people can work at desks.
    Have a nice day at the office.

    in office: an important job or position with power, especially in government.
    She was celebrating ten years in office.

    This is my question:
    Have you ever heard "in the office" or "at office"?


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    Yes. "In the office" is relatively common.

    I will be in the office all day.
    There is a lot going on in the office.
    They rearranged the cubicles in the office.

    The only time I expect to see "at office" is when it is part of a phrase:

    at office parties
    good at office politics
    sale at Office Depot

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    Re: in the office / at office

    Thank you Mike.
    What about:

    1. at your office
    2. in your office

    Are both correct?

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    Re: in the office / at office

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Thank you Mike.
    What about:

    1. at your office
    2. in your office

    Are both correct?
    Yes.

    I will see you at your office.
    He is sitting in your office.

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    Re: in the office / at office

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    Yes.

    I will see you at your office.
    He is sitting in your office.
    Do they both mean "in the building where you work" ?

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    Re: in the office / at office

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Do they both mean "in the building where you work" ?
    Yes. In the latter it is inside an office in the building.

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    Re: in the office / at office

    Hello again,
    I have completely understood these usages:
    In office = an important position with power in government.
    In an office = a building where you work in.
    In your office = a building where you work in.
    in the office = a building where you work in.
    at the office = at work & general location

    at an office = ?

    I remember some of native English speakers told me that they have never seen the usage of "at an office"
    But on the Internet in one of the web pages I encountered it.
    This is the link: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2013/...fice-near-you/
    Favoritism: Playing Out at an Office Near You

    Would you please clarify it to me?

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    Re: in the office / at office

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Hello again,
    I have completely understood these usages:
    In office = an important position with power in government.
    In an office = a building where you work in.
    In your office = a building where you work in.
    in the office = a building where you work in.
    at the office = at work & general location

    at an office = ?

    I remember some of native English speakers told me that they have never seen the usage of "at an office"
    But on the Internet in one of the web pages I encountered it.
    This is the link: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2013/...fice-near-you/
    Favoritism: Playing Out at an Office Near You

    Would you please clarify it to me?
    "At an office" is certainly possible, but it is not very common. The phrase would refer to an unspecified office. The blog title refers to favoritism in offices in general. A psychologist might be looking for an office in which to see patients. He/she might say: "I prefer to see patients at an office rather than at my home."
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    Re: in the office / at office

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "At an office" is certainly possible, but it is not very common. The phrase would refer at an unspecified office. The blog title refers to favoritism in offices in general. A psychologist might be looking for an office in which to see patients. He/she might say: "I prefer to see patients at an office rather than at my home."
    Thanks so much. I understood your explanation about the usage of "at an office"
    But I couldn't understand your second explanation about the headline of the web page. Why have them used the "at an office"?

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    Re: in the office / at office

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Thanks so much. I understood your explanation about the usage of "at an office"
    But I couldn't understand your second explanation about the headline of the web page. Why have them used the "at an office"?
    They used that because they are not talking about a specific office. The title implies that "favoritism" is so common that it is happening in some office near you.

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