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    at and in

    Dear teachers,

    I have two question to ask:

    No.1
    He'd go off visiting around at framhouses.
    My question is: can I say "in farmhouses"?
    No.2
    Could you please explain the difference between "create"and "invent"? For example can I replace "invent" with "create" in the following sentences:
    1. The first safety razor was invented by company founder King C. Gillette in 1903.
    2. But I didn't invent the story-everything I told you is true.
    I asked so because in the dictionary there are the following sentences:
    1. Charles Schulz created the characters 'Snoopy' and 'Charlie Brown'.
    2. He created a wonderful meal from very few ingredients.
    3. God created the world.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Last edited by jiang; 18-Sep-2008 at 14:07.

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    Re: at and in

    No.1 Yes, you could replace "at" with in, but the meaning would also change not to mention add in a wee bit of odd humour; e.g., he would go around visiting in farmhouses/top hats; i.e., in <clothes>.

    No.2
    1. razor = invented; e.g., a machine, a tool, etc.
    2. invent the/a story is a collocation; create a story is what a storyteller does. Storytellers are artistic in that way.

    1. Charles Schulz created the characters 'Snoopy' and 'Charlie Brown'. => He was an artist, a cartoonist, and such people create.

    2. He created a wonderful meal from very few ingredients. => He is likened to a chef; chefs are seen as artists--they create.

    3. God created the world. => Yes, and she did it from nothing. That is what create means.

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