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    difference of preposition and meaning

    dear teachers,
    kindly explain the difference between " He is in the library" and " He is at the library"?

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    Re: difference of preposition and meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Azeeztanur View Post
    Dear teachers,
    Kindly explain the difference between "He is in the library" and "He is at the library".
    Welcome to the forum.

    First, please note my corrections to your post above, marked in red. Start every new sentence with a capital letter. Don't put a space after opening quotation marks. Your sentence starting "Kindly explain ..." was not a question so a question mark was not appropriate. There is no need to put your name at the end of a post. We can see your username. There is also no need to address posts with things like "Dear teachers". You can just write "Hi" or "Hello" if you feel you must use anything at all.

    There is very little difference between your two sentences. There is a slight nuance of difference - "He is in the library" can only mean that he is inside the building. "He is at the library" could mean that he is standing outside it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: difference of preposition and meaning

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Azeeztanur:

    You have already received the answer. I only wanted to add a few more examples.


    1. "To meet a friend at the library." = to indicate the place, a mere local point.
    2. "Look for a book in the library." = the interior of the place is prominent.

    Authority: Webster's New International Dictionary (1959).

    P.S. Those two prepositions confuse me, too. Here is a book title that really helped me to better understand the difference. In a certain American city, there is a hospital named Memorial. A few years ago, there was a storm in that city. Here is the title of the book: Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. (It was written by Sheri Fink.)

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