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Hi there,
Could you help with the following options?

There are some cardboard boxes on the table ______ the back of the mailroom. They should have been delivedred to the fifth floor but were sent up to our office by mistake.

a. in
b. on

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Hi there,
Could you help with the following options?

There are some cardboard boxes on the table _(in)(at)_____ the back of the mailroom. They should have been delivedred to the fifth floor but were sent up to our office by mistake.

a. in
b. on

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Hi there,

I don't know the difference in the meanings between 'in the back of' and 'at the back of' in the example.

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Hi there,

Sorry, then how about this:

Students are standing in/ at the back of the classroom.

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hi there,

any ideas?


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Perhaps it may be of help to say:

'at' is a reference point. 'In' is a three-dimensional reference.
Often, either will do-- the listener will interpret the situation appropriately.

Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.

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"at the back"

So would you say that "He's in the back of the bus" is incorrect? I often hear this and it's probably an Americanism. I wouldn't say it's wrong.
 

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Hi there,

So are both of them? 'In' is American English while 'at' is British English?

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Boys, can't you get them any more complicated, you Brits and Americans! :roll:

I guess I'm partial to Americans, though. In back of vs in front of and at/in the back of vs at/in the front of are much simpler and make more sense to me.
 

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Hi there,
So any difference between 'in the back of' and 'at the back of'
'in front of', 'at front of' ?

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So would you say that "He's in the back of the bus" is incorrect? I often hear this and it's probably an Americanism. I wouldn't say it's wrong.
It may or may not be wrong, it may be American usage. It sounds completely wrong to my British ears.
 

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It may or may not be wrong, it may be American usage. It sounds completely wrong to my British ears.

Maybe some of the American teachers on this forum will be able to shed some light on this.
 

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Hi there,

Can anyone tell me which one is correct? in or at??

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Hi there,
So is there any difference between 'in the back of' and 'at the back of'? no

'in front of the bus', is outside the bus, not inside the bus

'at/in the front of' the bus? is inside the bus, in the front part of the bus

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Hi there,


In your example, do you mean when inside the bus, 'at' and 'in' are both correct?


'at/in the front of' the bus? is inside the bus, in the front part of the bus

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Hi there,


In your example, do you mean when inside the bus, 'at' and 'in' are both correct? yes


'at/in the front of' the bus? is inside the bus, in the front part of the bus

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