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  1. Lisa Marie's Avatar
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    #1

    In or at?

    hi
    i hope somebody can help me with this question:

    What' s correct?
    1 No smoking in the restaurant.
    2 No smoking at the restaurant.

    Thanks...

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    #2

    Re: In or at?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa Marie View Post
    hi
    i hope somebody can help me with this question:

    What' s correct?
    1 No smoking in the restaurant.
    2 No smoking at the restaurant.

    Thanks...
    They can both be correct.

    "At" refers to a location in a general sense.
    "In" refers specifically to the inside of the building.

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    Re: In or at?

    Thanks a lot

    So I 've made a false in our latest class test.
    Doesn't matters.

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    #4

    Re: In or at?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa Marie View Post
    Thanks a lot

    So I 've made a false in our latest class test.
    Doesn't matters.
    Don't be discouraged. Preposition use is one of the toughest areas for NNES. It takes time and practice because there is often not much logic involved.

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