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    Re: at vs. in

    The team played a great game at / in Liverpool. Which one would be the correct option?

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    Re: at vs. in

    AlbertBel, I have started a new thread for your question. Although it referred to "at/in" as did the thread you originally posted it on, I think this should be dealt with separately.

    In your context, use "at". It is clear (I think) that you are talking about football (soccer) and in that context we say that teams play "at" a specific ground or use the team name. "In Liverpool" simply means somewhere in the city.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: at vs. in

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    "...in Liverpool" suggest the city.
    "...at Liverpool" we are using the city name instead of the sport event or institution (...at the Liverpool stadium/final/league/etc).

    (Sorry emsr2d2, I was writing this answer while you were posting yours).
    Last edited by José Manuel Rosón Bravo; 05-Feb-2015 at 11:27.
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    Re: at vs. in

    So should I use "at" when talking about an event or institution???

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    #5

    Re: at vs. in

    Quote Originally Posted by AlbertBel View Post
    So should I use "at" when talking about an event or institution???
    The preposition "at" should be used to refer to a place as a point rather than a given area, and about an event, game, institution, conference or any other gathering of people.
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    Re: at vs. in

    However I do not understand why some sentences with "at a bank" "at a shop"...etc.

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    Re: at vs. in

    Quote Originally Posted by AlbertBel View Post
    However, I do not understand why some sentences with "at a bank" "at a shop"...etc.
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    (When used to begin a sentence, "however" must be followed by a comma.)

    “At” can be used talk about buildings, such as banks, supermarkets, schools, etc.

    He works at the bank in Elm Street.

    Also to refer to the name of a particular organization:

    He works at Barclays / Bloomberry (etc).

    On the other hand, to refer to a kind of place or when meaning “inside” a building or structure, we use “in”.

    He works in a bank.
    We met in a bank.
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    #8

    Re: at vs. in

    The use of prepositions is one of the hardest aspects of the English language to master. Much of the time, you just have to learn their individual usage within specific contexts.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The use of prepositions is one of the hardest aspects of the English language to master. Much of the time, you just have to learn their individual usage within specific contexts.
    I fully agree with this. The rules above are general.
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    Re: at vs. in

    At Elm Street or "in" Elm Street? If it is an address.
    Last edited by AlbertBel; 05-Feb-2015 at 20:18. Reason: Specification.

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