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    at a hotel / at school

    In a course book for my students there are two pictures - a receptionist and a teacher. The question is if it is correct to say the following:
    1) She is a receptionist at a hotel.
    2) She is a teacher at school.

    What I'm not quite sure of is whether the article is necessary in 'at school" or is it the same phrase as used for pupils (He is at school)? Can a teacher be "at school"?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: at a hotel / at school

    If I were just looking at a photo of someone and I knew she was a teacher but I didn't know where, I'd say "She's a teacher at a school". If I knew which school and it had previously been mentioned, I'd say "She's a teacher at the/that school". If I were a pupil at the same school, I'd say "She's a teacher at [my] school."

    In answer to your main question, yes, a teacher can be "at school". Let's say a teacher's daughter comes home and finds that only her father is home. She might ask him "Where's Mum?" His reply would be either "She's still at school" or "She's still at work".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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