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    #1

    "Is it ok using phones in school?"

    First off, the preposition "in" sounds incorrect to me. I would replace it with "at". I don't know if this only concerns a difference between British and American English or if it is just wrong to use the preposition "in" at this place.
    Besides, I think that the "using" is wrong.

    A correct version of this sentence would be, in my opinion, the following:

    "Is it ok to use phones at school?"

    What do you think, am I right here?
    Thanks in advance

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    Re: "Is it ok using phones in school?"

    In BrE either of your suggestions would be fine. (OK) (not ok) We would say in just as readily as at. Perhaps that's because school is usually indoors.
    "I'm at school" could mean I am a school-age person, or I have just arrived off the bus.
    "I'm in school" could mean I am not absent today, or it could mean I'm not on the playing field.
    The possibilities are endless and we would use both.

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    Re: "Is it ok using phones in school?"

    Thank you but what about the verb form?

    "using" Or "to use"?

    I would say that "using" is wrong here. Am I right?

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    Re: "Is it ok using phones in school?"

    It would be far more common to use the infinitive in that construction.

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    Re: "Is it ok using phones in school?"

    Is it OK to use phones at/in school?
    Is using phones in/at school OK?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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