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    "At" and "In" in the Following Sentences:

    Dear Teachers,

    Sometimes I communicate with Engish natives freely, but that doesn't mean I speak good English. For instance, I don't see any difference in meaning among the following sentences, though I know "In" is used before a big place and "At" is used before a small place:

    a) He is at school.
    b) He is in shool.
    c) He is at the school.
    d) He is in the school.


    Please advise me, thank you.

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    Re: "At" and "In" in the Following Sentences:

    Quote Originally Posted by SongYuxiang View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    Sometimes I communicate with Engish natives freely, but that doesn't mean I speak good English. For instance, I don't see any difference in meaning among the following sentences, though I know "In" is used before a big place and "At" is used before a small place:

    a) He is at school.
    b) He is in shool.
    c) He is at the school.
    d) He is in the school.


    Please advise me, thank you.
    at is used when we talk about position at a point(size is not important) activity is important rather than size and shape.
    on is used ti talk about position on a line or on a surface(it means it firms a line for everything we say)


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    Re: "At" and "In" in the Following Sentences:

    Quote Originally Posted by SongYuxiang View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    Sometimes I communicate with Engish natives freely, but that doesn't mean I speak good English. For instance, I don't see any difference in meaning among the following sentences, though I know "In" is used before a big place and "At" is used before a small place:

    a) He is at school.
    b) He is in shool.
    c) He is at the school.
    d) He is in the school.


    Please advise me, thank you.
    in means inside the buliding; at means inside or in the near vicinity
    "the" means it is in the shared knowledge of the speaker and the hearer which school. If it is not important which or is not in the shared knowledge, drop "the".

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    Re: "At" and "In" in the Following Sentences:

    Thank you dear Svartnik and Johnnycage, for your help.

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