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    At this office or in this office ?

    Please advise whether "at" or "in" is correct in the following statement and why ?

    To maintain an average indoor temperature between 24-26ºC during the months of June to September 2014 at this office building.

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    Re: At this office or in this office ?

    Hello Vincent: In my opinion "in" is more natural than "at" in this context.

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    Re: At this office or in this office ?

    Is 'in' more natural because the context refers to an indoor temperature?

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    #4

    Re: At this office or in this office ?

    We tend to use the preposition in with building.

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    The sentence refers to the space or atmosphere to be conditioned inside a building, so the natural and correct option is "in this office" as pointed by Matthew and Tdol.

    We should use "at" to talk about a place we think of as a point or spot rather than an area, the name of a particular organization, a kind of building (a supermarket, a dentist's, a bank, etc.); leaving the preposition "in" to emphasise that we mean inside a building, premises, facility or structure.
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    Re: At this office or in this office ?

    Quote Originally Posted by José Manuel Rosón Bravo View Post
    [Not a teacher] The sentence refers to the space or atmosphere to be conditioned inside a building, so the natural and correct option is "in this office" as pointed by Matthew and Tdol. We should use "at" to talk about a place we think of as a point or spot rather than an area, the name of a particular organization, a kind of building (a supermarket, a dentist's, a bank, etc.); leaving the preposition "in" to emphasise that we mean inside a building, premises, facility or structure.
    What in the case of a farm?

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    Re: At this office or in this office ?

    'On a farm.'

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    Re: At this office or in this office ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Noire View Post
    What in the case of a farm?
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    It depends on the meaning we are trying to convey.

    “On a farm” when the term is a noun and specifically a location.

    “In a farm”, also as a noun, to mean inside the farm facilities, such as barns, sty, hen hut, house, etc.

    “In a farm”, when working as an adjective (he died in a farm accident).
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    Re: At this office or in this office ?

    Quote Originally Posted by José Manuel Rosón Bravo View Post
    “In a farm”, also as a noun, to mean inside the farm facilities, such as barns, sty, hen hut, house, etc.
    They are farm buildings, i.e. buildings on a farm.

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    Re: At this office or in this office ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    They are farm buildings, i.e. buildings on a farm.

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    Obviously, the buildings. But I think I read or heard "in the farm" referring to something happened inside a farm house. I think it was a crime scene. I am not sure. Do you think it is incorrect to say "it happened in the farm" in this sense? Sometimes the farm consists just of a house and a small plot around.
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