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    at or in

    Hi there,

    I read a thread in this chatroom explaining how to use 'at' and 'in', as below:

    1. Sam studies in the library. That's what Sam does there.
    2. Sam studies at the library. That's where Sam studies.


    How about this situation?
    Paul: Where is Mary?
    Simon: She is at the library OR in the library. What is difference 'at the library' and 'in the library' in this context?

    Simon

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    Re: at or in

    Paul: Where is Mary?

    Simon: She is at the library. (Her location is emphasized)
    Simon: She is in the library. (Her action is emphasized)

    Simon: She is in the library studying. (Her action is described)
    Simon: She is studying in the library. (Her action is described)

    Simon: She is at the library studying.
    => First, her location is given, then her action is described.

    Simon: She is studying at the library.
    => First, her action is described, then her location is given.

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