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    on / at / in

    When I see someone reading a newspaper on the bench, I say "I saw someone reading a newspaper on the bench." Is it also a correct way to say " I saw someone reading a newspaper at the bench." or "I saw someone reading a newspaper in the bench?"

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    Re: on / at / in

    No ... and you'd only say 'the bench' if your listener knew which bench you were referring to or it was the one you had mentioned earlier - otherwise, say 'a ​bench'.

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    Re: on / at / in

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No.
    While I searched the internet, I saw many sentences with "at the bench". So I am very confused. If it is wrong to say " I saw someone reading a paper at the bench.", what does "at the bench" mean?
    Last edited by asako87; 03-Oct-2017 at 14:21.

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    Re: on / at / in

    Please give us some of those sentences and the context. There might be a very good reason the writer used "the".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: on / at / in

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please give us some of those sentences and the context. There might be a very good reason the writer used "the".
    I didn't ask about " the". Two Questions: (1) When I saw someone reading a newspaper on the bench, is it okay to say "I saw someone reading a newspaper at the bench."? (2) When you hear "at the bench", what comes to your mind?

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    Re: on / at / in

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    That must be a record, even for this typophile. I write one two-letter word with a full stop, and it needs to be edited. What did I do?.


    You typed ​No,


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    Re: on / at / in

    Note that "the" is mandatory in "the bench" when it is used to refer to the office (as in job) of a judge.

    Take a look at explanation #3.1 for "bench" as a noun in the link below.

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/bench

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    Re: on / at / in

    Quote Originally Posted by asako87 View Post
    (2) When you hear "at the bench", what comes to your mind?
    I think of a craftsman working at a workbench, which is like a table. But I would need to see the context.
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