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  1. super_nice
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    At & in

    Hi
    What a nice teacher I have ! :o


    hmm

    i have a Question

    what is the different between at and in and when i shoud use at ??

    kind regards

  2. super_nice
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    Tdol, where are you :o I am kind of wary because, I didn’t se your answer at my question

    Missed you, and I hope every thing is ok with you

    Bye

    :wink:

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    Re: At & in

    Quote Originally Posted by super_nice
    i have a Question

    what is the different between at and in and when i shoud use at ??

    kind regards
    As these two prepositions relate to our physical position, we usually use "in" when we are inside of something or surrounded by something. We usually use "at" when we are on the outskirts of something or in the general area.

    "I'll meet you at the bar" means in the general location. It could be inside or outside.

    "Ill meet you in the bar" can only mean inside the physical space.

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    Hi- sorry for not replying earlier, although Mike has already done it.

    Use AT for general location and IN for specific location:
    He's AT home. He's IN the kichen.
    etc.

    PS I like your use of the word wary

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    Re: At & in

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Hi- sorry for not replying earlier, although Mike has already done it.
    Use AT for general location and IN for specific location:
    He's AT home. He's IN the kichen.
    etc.
    PS I like your use of the word wary
    Both "at" and "in" can be used for time and place. When used spatially "in" refers to the state of being "inside" as already said. with time expressions it refers to a period of time
    In - Place: in my house
    In - Time: in the morning

    By contrast "at" doesn't really refer to the state of being "outside" but is a point in time or place:
    At - Place: At the chemist's
    At - Time. At 8 O'clock

    "At" is a point for place or time. The commercial at @ is used because it is a meeting point. Since "at" is a point it is concerned with targeting and is often used with verbs that are aggressive in nature. Compare:
    She shouted to me (not aggressive)
    She shouted at me (aggressive)

    He threw the ball to me (friendly)
    He through the ball at me (aggressive)

    Apart from that "at" and "in" can collocate with verbs or adjectives: as in:
    Good at / bad at. It is interesting to see how English works in comparison with say German. It can see things as a point "at" or spatially "in". German by contrast is very spatial:
    Gut in (good at)
    Im Fernsehen (on TV).

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