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    #1

    in or at

    Hi there,

    I don't know whether the preposition of 'in' and 'at' are correct in the following sentences.

    1. They were sitting at the front of the classroom/ theatre/ hall.


    2. They were sitting in the front of the classroom/ theatre/ hall.

    3. They were sitting at the front row of the classroom/ theatre/ hall.

    4.They were sitting in the front row of the classroom/ theatre/hall.

    thanks
    pete

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    #2

    Re: in or at

    Usually "at the front" means right at the front - in the front row.
    "in the front" is more general and means you are at or near the front - say in the first few rows.
    " Sitting at the front row" is never used - always " in" ( or sometimes "on" ) the front row.
    Hope this helps.


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    #3

    Re: in or at

    If I tell you which sentences are correct, and which incorrect, will you have a go at/will you try to work out why?

    Firstly, let me change the order of the sentences:

    3. They were sitting at the front row of the classroom/ theatre/ hall.
    Incorrect

    4.They were sitting in the front row of the classroom/ theatre/hall.
    Correct

    Picture in your mind, exactly where you would be sitting in relation to the whole room!

    1. They were sitting at the front of the classroom/ theatre/ hall.
    Correct

    2. They were sitting in the front of the classroom/ theatre/ hall.
    Correct
    You have a go, and then we can reason it out together.

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    #4

    Re: in or at

    Hi there,

    Sorry, I can't figure it out the differnences between the following two?



    1. They were sitting at the front of the classroom/ theatre/ hall.
    Correct

    2. They were sitting in the front of the classroom/ theatre/ hall.
    Many thanks
    pete


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    #5

    Re: in or at

    Yes, they're the hardest - that's why I changed the order and put them last!
    So, firstly, before we look at 1 and 2, why is "at" correct in 4, but not in 3?

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    #6

    Re: in or at

    Hi there,
    Sorry, I still figure out why number 3 is incorrect. So how about number 1 and 2?
    pete

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