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    prepositions

    Hi there,
    I want to ask about prepositions.

    1. We stayed at the Grand Hotel.
    (I don't know why 'in' instead of 'at' is the answer.)

    2. She works at the hospital.
    (How about 'in'?)


    3. She arrived in London for celebrations.
    (How about 'at London'?)

    4. Hes sitting in the armchair next to the piano.
    (Is 'in' correct?)

    5. What do you have in your hands?
    6What do you have on your hands?
    (Is there any difference between the above two sentences?)

    7 She crawls across the garden.
    8 She crawls through the garden.
    9 She crawls through the grass.
    10. She crawls across the grass.
    (Any difference between 'through' and 'across'?

    Many thanks
    pete

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    Re: prepositions

    At/in hospital- often we use 'in' for the people working and 'at' for the people visiting.
    arrive in/at- we arrive in towns, countries, etc, and arrive at work, school, and other buildings, etc
    in an armchair
    in your hands- you're holding somethin on your hands- your hands a dirty or stained
    through the garden- suggests the plants are higher


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    Re: prepositions

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    I want to ask about prepositions.

    1. We stayed at the Grand Hotel.
    (I don't know why 'in' instead of 'at' is the answer.)

    "in" could be used if you were emphasizing that you stayed inside, but if you were specifying the Grand Hotel as an address then "at" would be used.

    2. She works at the hospital.
    (How about 'in'?)

    Similar answer as #1


    3. She arrived in London for celebrations.
    (How about 'at London'?)

    No, you are "inside" the city. When you arrive at your destination, you are "in" the city.

    I stopped at New York and Dallas before the play finally arrived in Los Angles.

    The "stopping" was only for a short time and you probably never left the plane...so you were not "in" those cities.

    4. Hes sitting in the armchair next to the piano.
    (Is 'in' correct?) " Yes, the arms of the chair surround you so it seems as though you are inside the chair.

    5. What do you have in your hands?
    6What do you have on your hands?
    (Is there any difference between the above two sentences?)

    #5 Your hands are closed and hiding something. So someone wants to know what you are hiding.
    #6 Your hands look dirty. The dirt is on the surface of your hands.

    7 She crawls across the garden.
    8 She crawls through the garden.
    9 She crawls through the grass.
    10. She crawls across the grass.
    (Any difference between 'through' and 'across'?

    I would use "through" with "crawl" because you are close to the surface and the plants are all around you.

    I might use "across" with "walk". Now you are higher and above the plants.

    Many thanks
    pete
    Hope this helps...

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