Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Lebanon
      • Current Location:
      • Lebanon

    • Join Date: Sep 2008
    • Posts: 118
    #1

    in vs at

    Happy new year,

    we say I work at a bank but what if something happened in a bank such as a specific incident. Can i say this incident happened in CityBank or should i say it happened at Citybank?
    is there a clear rule to know when in should be used and when at should be used?
    thanks

  1. Soup's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,882
    #2

    Re: in vs at

    Happy New Year!

    Ex: I work at a bank.
    => 'at' is used to express a place, a location

    Ex: I work in a bank.
    => 'in' is used to express what you do inside that place

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Lebanon
      • Current Location:
      • Lebanon

    • Join Date: Sep 2008
    • Posts: 118
    #3

    Re: in vs at

    what about:

    I am giving my presentation __ the HR building

    can we use both in this case?

    thanks

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,609
    #4

    Re: in vs at

    'At' would be more usual in that case.

  3. Soup's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,882
    #5

    Re: in vs at

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniellll View Post
    what about:

    I am giving my presentation __ the HR building

    can we use both in this case?

    thanks
    I'm going to disagree with my colleague above. Choice of preposition depends on context. For example, both prepositions work here:

    Sam: Whereare you giving your presentation?
    Pat: In the HR building (across the street).
    Pat: At the HR building (across the street).

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •