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    at a restaurant / in a restaurant

    Hi,

    "at a restaurant" and "in a restaurant"
    Are both used?
    If yes then is there any difference?

    Thank you

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    Re: at a restaurant / in a restaurant

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Hi,

    "at a restaurant" and "in a restaurant"
    Are both used?
    If yes then is there any difference?

    Thank you
    Both are correct.

    You are asking a lot of "at/in" questions. When referring to locations, "in" is more specific than "at". "In" usually refers to a position inside the confines of the location. At can be used to refer to areas inside the confines of the location, but it can also refer to the entrance of the location or the general area outside the confines of the location. I'll meet you "at the pub" could be inside the pub, but it can also mean on the sidewalk/pavement near the pub. I'll meet you "in the pub" is inside the establishment. Prepositions are difficult and are often idiomatic rather than logical choices. But you have to start to make comparisons. It is not helpful to ask about every possible location.

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    Re: at a restaurant / in a restaurant

    Strongly agree with MikeNewYork. "At" tends to be more outside and "in" more inside the place, but with prepositions there aren't many hard and fast rules. We need a memorized list of correct usages. All of us acquired such lists effortlessly (well perhaps not effortlessly but automatically) when we learned our native languages in infancy. Acquiring them in other languages later in life is hard work, but it can be done.
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    Re: at a restaurant / in a restaurant

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