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    At school – at a school

    Please help me with the articles here.
    1. Maude is a teacher. She works at a school.
    2. Maude is a teacher. She works at school.

    If I did a test which should I choose?
    I know if she were a cook we’d certainly use the indefinite article. What about teachers?

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    i think SHE WORKS AT SCHOOL is rather bether than the other one.


    but i may be wrong

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    #3

    Re: At school – at a school

    I would use the article

    Edited for error.
    Last edited by Tdol; 05-Jul-2006 at 09:14.


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    Re: At school – at a school

    Thank you.


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    Re: At school – at a school

    Hi tdol,

    If there is no name specified for the school, then wouldn't it
    need an "a"?

    Somehow it sounds strange to say something like this:
    Rob is a teller. He works at bank.
    or
    Rob, the teller works at bank.

    [I typed the name (Rob) without thinking. Then I realized I should have
    used another name, but I will leave it here for now. ;)
    I wonder if this can be called a Freudian slip?]

    What is the difference between 'bank' and 'school'?

    Husband asking about son John: Where is John?
    Wife: He's at school.

    A: Where is Rob?
    B: He's at the bank.
    or
    He's at work.

    Thanks

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    Re: At school – at a school

    ES, see above.

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    #7

    Re: At school – at a school

    HI ,
    The first sentence sounds that she works at a cetain school while the
    second sentence shows that the preposition at is unecessary here with the verb work, it should be " she's in school means - she's at school. At school means that she works there. ANY COMMENTS would be welcomed . WITH LUCK.

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    #8

    Re: At school – at a school

    HI ,
    The first sentence sounds that she works at a cetain school while the
    second sentence shows that the preposition at is unecessary here with the verb work, it should be - she's at school. At school means that she works there. ANY COMMENTS would be welcomed . WITH LUCK.

    Saleemabu


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    #9

    Re: At school – at a school

    I'd like to offer some advice if I may

    Humble, if you going to specifiy details, i.e. the location, then you would write:

    Maude is a teacher. She works at a school (in Rothermond Street/New Hampshire etc etc)

    You see, by using 'a', the marker will assume there is additional information to follow, which I'm assuming there's not in this instance

    So in your case:

    Maude is a teacher. She works at school.

    Works fine

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