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    #1

    at versus by

    Are the prepositions in these sentences interchangeable?
    Dont sit at the window its cold outside.
    Please put the vase by the window.

    I mean
    Dont sit by the window its cold outside.
    Please put the vase at the window.

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    Re: at versus by

    I wouldn't use "at the window" for the vase.
    Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.

    Arthur Schopenhauer

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