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    Question Usage of Prepositions In and At

    Hi! I get confuse on the usage of prepositions "in" and "at". Please help me on this. I want to know the rules. Thanks.

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    Re: Usage of Prepositions In and At

    Quote Originally Posted by maicamacho View Post
    Hi! I get confuse on the usage of prepositions "in" and "at". Please help me on this. I want to know the rules. Thanks.
    Will you write some examples? What exactly do you want to know?


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    Re: Usage of Prepositions In and At

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    Will you write some examples? What exactly do you want to know?
    For example, why do they say:
    - I work at school, at factory, at museum...

    BUT

    - I work in hospital


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    Re: Usage of Prepositions In and At

    Quote Originally Posted by John Adams View Post
    For example, why do they say:
    - I work at school, at factory, at museum...

    BUT

    - I work in hospital
    All of these should be "in"

    I work in [the/a] school
    I work in the/a factory
    I work in the/a museum
    I work in the/a hospital

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    Re: Usage of Prepositions In and At

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    All of these should be "in"

    I work in [the/a] school
    I work in the/a factory
    I work in the/a museum
    I work in the/a hospital
    Are you sure that we can't say:I work at school. I work at the factory. I work at the supermarket? etc


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    Re: Usage of Prepositions In and At

    Yes - of course though that is not the problem in John Adams's question. It will be interesting to hear from maicamacho with some examples.


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    Re: Usage of Prepositions In and At

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    All of these should be "in"

    I work in [the/a] school
    I work in the/a factory
    I work in the/a museum
    I work in the/a hospital
    Pardon me??
    Are you sure?

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    Re: Usage of Prepositions In and At

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Yes - of course though that is not the problem in John Adams's question. It will be interesting to hear from maicamacho with some examples.
    So you insist on one correct way to say, i.e He works in (the/a) school. And you never say "I work at school". I'd like to hear some other opinions.


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    Re: Usage of Prepositions In and At

    You seem to misunderstand me - or maybe I am just very bad at making a point.

    Johns Adams made this comment:
    For example, why do they say:
    - I work at school, at factory, at museum...

    BUT

    - I work in hospital


    My response to him was to point out that in fact his "at" examples are in fact just as correctly [if not more correctly] in school/in a school/in the school; in a factory/in the factory; in a museum/ in the museum as I work in hospital/in a hospital/in the hospital.

    These are equally correct:

    I am at school this week
    I am due at the factory today
    I work at the museum
    His car is at the hospital
    The train is at the station

    I am sorry if you feel I am not being clear.


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    Re: Usage of Prepositions In and At

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    You seem to misunderstand me - or maybe I am just very bad at making a point.

    Johns Adams made this comment:
    For example, why do they say:
    - I work at school, at factory, at museum...

    BUT

    - I work in hospital

    My response to him was to point out that in fact his "at" examples are in fact just as correctly [if not more correctly] in school/in a school/in the school; in a factory/in the factory; in a museum/ in the museum as I work in hospital/in a hospital/in the hospital.

    These are equally correct:

    I am at school this week
    I am due at the factory today
    I work at the museum
    His car is at the hospital
    The train is at the station

    I am sorry if you feel I am not being clear.
    Now I feel you are being clear.

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