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    Prepositions - Behind / In back of

    1) There's a tree behind the house.
    2) There's a tree in back of the house.

    Do both sentences have the same meaning?

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    Re: Prepositions - Behind / In back of

    Yes, but #2 is only used in American English.

    Many British English speakers will never have encountered it.

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    Re: Prepositions - Behind / In back of

    Does the same apply to people, eg, sitting on a bus?
    If John was sitting in front of Jim, Jim was sitting behind John (not in back of)
    When it comes to American English, which is more commonly used in the case above? Behind or in back of?

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    Re: Prepositions - Behind / In back of

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Does the same apply to people, eg, sitting on a bus?
    If John was sitting in front of Jim, Jim was sitting behind John (not in back of)
    When it comes to American English, which is more commonly used in the case above? Behind or in back of?
    Behind feels much more natural to this AmE speaker in that context.
    I am not a teacher.

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