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    All the three of them were at/in the graveyard/cemetery.

    1. All the three of them were at the graveyard this morning.
    2. All the three of them were in the graveyard this morning.
    3. All the three of them were at the cemetery this morning.
    4. All the three of them were in the cemetery this morning.


    I am confused about the preposition to be used with graveyard and cemetery.

    Kindly tell me about the grammatical as well as the most natural one. And if there is any other way of expressing the same thing in a more natural way, tell me about that as well.

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    Re: All the three of them were at/in the graveyard/cemetery.

    If you delete "the" after "All", they will all be correct and equally natural.
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    #3

    Re: All the three of them were at/in the graveyard/cemetery.

    With "at" they were alive. (Unless they were awaiting imminent burial.)

    With "in" they are more likely to be dead.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: All the three of them were at/in the graveyard/cemetery.

    Note that a graveyard is

    a burial ground, often associated with smaller rural churches, as distinct from a larger urban or public cemetery.
    (Random House Learners' Dictionary)

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    Re: All the three of them were at/in the graveyard/cemetery.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Note that a graveyard is

    (Random House Learners' Dictionary)
    I don't think many AmE speakers would make the distinction, but it's worth knowing.
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