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    #1

    at the defile / in the defile

    Which preposition is correct in this sentence:
    "The army was slaugtered (in/at) the narrow defile"

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    Re: at the defile / in the defile

    Were they actually in it, or just at one end of it?

    What's your source? It's very unusual to see 'defile' used as a noun.
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    #3

    Re: at the defile / in the defile

    I wrote this sentence on my own.

    Would "gorge" be more appropriate here?
    Then, would it be
    "in the gorge" - between its 'walls'
    "at the gorge" - at one end of it?

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    #4

    Re: at the defile / in the defile

    Quote Originally Posted by ChessEnthusiast View Post
    I wrote this sentence on my own.

    Would "gorge" be more appropriate here?
    If it were a real place, then the shape, size, and other physical features would probably lead one word to be a more accurate choice than another.

    However, since this is just a sentence you're creating, then you're free to use any6 of a number of similar synonyms - defile, gorge, canyon, gulch, arroyo, or many others. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with 'defile', just that it's not widely used.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChessEnthusiast View Post
    Then, would it be
    "in the gorge" - between its 'walls'
    "at the gorge" - at one end of it?
    If the army was actually slaughtered entirely between the walls, then 'in'. 'At' could refer to either inside the walls, one end, or a combination of both.
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    #5

    Re: at the defile / in the defile

    Note the correct spelling of "slaughtered".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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