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    #1

    on the loose at/in?

    Which sentence below is correct?

    1. "Watch out, there is a giant lizard on the loose at the Marina Bay."
    2. "Watch out, there is a giant lizard on the loose at Marina Bay."
    3. "Watch out, there is a giant lizard on the loose in Marina Bay."
    4. "Watch out, there is a giant lizard on the loose in the Marina Bay."

    Marina Bay is the name of an area in Singapore. Should I use at the, just at, or in? Thanks.

    EDIT: I want to write a caption for this picture: https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2852/...96532ef7_c.jpg
    Last edited by ucul; 21-Jun-2014 at 10:10.

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    #2

    Re: on the loose at/in?

    If the lizard is actually in the water, then it's in Marina Bay (a bay being an area of water). If it's on land, then it's at (or around) Marina Bay (the name of the area presumably including land and water). Don't use the article.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: on the loose at/in?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If the lizard is actually in the water, then it's in Marina Bay (a bay being an area of water). If it's on land, then it's at (or around) Marina Bay (the name of the area presumably including land and water). Don't use the article.
    But Marina Bay is a name of a district area. Is it okay to use at instead of in?
    By the way, I want to write a caption for this picture: https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2852/13328724573_aa96532ef7_c.jpg

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    #4

    Re: on the loose at/in?

    Use 'at'. If Marina Bay is a well-known suburb and if people wouldn't get the idea that emsr2d2 mentions, you could use 'in'. But why be ambiguous?

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    #5

    Re: on the loose at/in?

    If it's a district in the city, use "in."

    In SoHo, in Harlem, in the Upper East Side, etc.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: on the loose at/in?

    In New York, we would say "on" the Upper East/West Side", but that is a bit odd, probably because of "Side".

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    Re: on the loose at/in?

    Yeah, you're right. As soon as I read your post, I realized I'd written it incorrectly. But definitely in SoHo and in Harlem.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #8

    Re: on the loose at/in?

    Yes, and in Chelsea, in Greenwich Village, in Tribeca, in Hell's Kitchen, etc.

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