# Thread: in/at/on the corner of

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## in/at/on the corner of

Hi Experts,

"in the corner of" is used when referring to a concept of closed space.
The chair is in the classroom.

"at the corner of" and "on the corner of" are used to indicate an open space, say street or park.

But compare these sentences,
The tree is at the corner of the street.
The tree is on the corner of the street.

My assumption is that if the tree is planted right on the corner, we use "on". If it is round the corner, we use "at".

I met him at the corner of the street.
I met him on the corner of the street.

sabrina

2. ## Re: in/at/on the corner of

Originally Posted by blacknomi
Hi Experts,

"in the corner of" is used when referring to a concept of closed space.
The chair is in the classroom.

"at the corner of" and "on the corner of" are used to indicate an open space, say street or park.

But compare these sentences,
The tree is at the corner of the street.
The tree is on the corner of the street.

My assumption is that if the tree is planted right on the corner, we use "on". If it is round the corner, we use "at".

I met him at the corner of the street.
I met him on the corner of the street.

sabrina
These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

"At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner (position). But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).

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## Re: in/at/on the corner of

Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

"At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner (position). But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).
To understand your explanation, one should know the difference between "location" and " position". :wink:

4. ## Re: in/at/on the corner of

Originally Posted by henry
Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

"At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner (position). But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).
To understand your explanation, one should know the difference between "location" and " position". :wink:

True enough. It is sad, but one must know English to learn English -- from me. :wink:

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## Re: in/at/on the corner of

Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
True enough. It is sad, but one must know English to learn English -- from me. :wink:
Crazy.Really crazy!

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Originally Posted by henry
Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
True enough. It is sad, but one must know English to learn English -- from me. :wink:
Crazy.Really crazy!

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## Re: in/at/on the corner of

Originally Posted by henry
Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

"At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner (position). But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).
To understand your explanation, one should know the difference between "location" and " position". :wink:

YES, Henry. I can't agree with you MORE.
I was thinking the differences between 'location' and 'position', and I used my language to imagine.

"position" is more specifically designated than "location."
The space/area that a "location" covers might wider or broader than a "position".

Is that right?

Thank you in advcane to make my day.

:D :D :D :D sabrina

8. ## Re: in/at/on the corner of

Originally Posted by blacknomi
Originally Posted by henry
Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

"At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner (position). But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).
To understand your explanation, one should know the difference between "location" and " position". :wink:

YES, Henry. I can't agree with you MORE.
I was thinking the differences between 'location' and 'position', and I used my language to imagine.

"position" is more specifically designated than "location."
The space/area that a "location" covers might wider or broader than a "position".

Is that right?

Thank you in advcane to make my day.

:D :D :D :D sabrina
Yes, that's pretty good. :wink:

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## Re: in/at/on the corner of

Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
Yes, that's pretty good. :wink:
Danke sehr. Mike.

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## Re: in/at/on the corner of

Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

"At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner(position).But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).

Mike, there is a mistake.

:wink:

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