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    in/at the concert

    Which preposition should be used with the noun "concert" when we want to say either that we attend it or that someone performs in the concert?


    examples:
    -Sarah is going to play the electric guitar in/at the concert.
    -Where are you? I am at/in a concert.
    -He was sitting next to me at/in the concert.

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    Re: in/at the concert

    I think both are acceptable as both 'at a meeting' and 'in a meeting' are acceptable according to Longman, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: in/at the concert

    I believe that both prepositions are acceptable, but I do not know if both can be used in all contexts and if the choice of one of them somehow affects the meaning.

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    Re: in/at the concert

    I would use "at" for spectators and "in" for performers. To me "in a concert" has the specific meaning of performing in a concert.

    E.g. "Tomorrow I will be in a concert." = "Tomorrow I will be performing in a concert.".
    "Tomorrow I will be at a concert." = "Tomorrow I will be attending a concert.".

    The difference between a concert and a meeting is that everyone attending a meeting will be taking part, and so at various points they may either be speakers (essentially performers), or spectators. At a concert people are either one or the other.
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    Re: in/at the concert

    Thank you very much!
    That was my idea, too, though I was not sure. That's why I firstly typed 'in' the 1st sentence and 'at' in the 2nd and 3rd (though these two can be interpreted in two ways) as my suggestion.

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