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    #1

    at or outside the bar/theater

    These sentences do not confuse me:
    We meet every Friday at the bar ‘Drunken Ouster’
    I spend a lovely evening at the theater.
    It’s clear that the matter concerns events happening INSIDE the building.

    These sentences do not confuse me too:
    I saw a fight outside the club.
    The taxi came to a stop outside our house.
    There was a huge crowd outside the airport waiting for him.
    It’s clear that the matter concerns events happening OUDSIDE the building.

    But when I asked the Microsoft Word to translate a sentence from my native language into English, I got the same preposition ‘at’ in the sentence:
    We agreed to meet at the pub next Wednesday at 5.
    regardless of events INSIDE or OUTSIDE the building.

    Isn’t it more correct to use the preposition ‘at’ if we agreed to meet INSIDE the building:
    We agreed to meet at the pub in the following Wednesday at 5 pm.

    And preposition ‘outside’ if we agreed to meet OUTSIDE the building
    We agreed to meet outside the pub next Wednesday at 5pm.

    Otherwise these's an ambiguity about where we agreed to meet.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 29-Aug-2016 at 11:16. Reason: Separated the sections to make it easier to read

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    Re: Preposition at VS outside

    Quote Originally Posted by northpath View Post
    We meet every Friday at the bar Drunken Ouster
    The word 'bar', if you use it, comes after the name.

    If we use 'at' with a place such as a pub, we normally assume that we are speaking of meeting inside the building. If we wish to be clear that we are meeting outside the pub, the we'd specify 'in front of' or 'outside'.

    With a building such as a theatre, we are more likely to be more specific - 'in front of the theatre', 'by the ticket office', 'in the balcony bar', etc.

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    #3

    Re: Preposition at VS outside

    I have improved your thread title. northpath.

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    #4

    Re: Preposition at VS outside

    Ok, the right sentence should be:
    We meet every Friday at ‘Drunken Ouster’ bar.
    Istead of
    We meet every Friday at the bar ‘Drunken Ouster’
    Right?

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    Re: Preposition at VS outside

    I wish it was called the 'Drunken Oyster' bar.

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    Re: Preposition at VS outside

    I’m sorry. I ment
    We meet every Friday at ‘Drunken Oyster’ bar.
    Is it ok now?

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    #7

    Re: Preposition at VS outside

    Not quite. You need a definite article: We meet every Friday at the Drunken Oyster bar.

    Also, you meant to write I meant.
    I am not a teacher.

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