# in/at/on the corner of

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#### blacknomi

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Hi Experts,

"in the corner of" is used when referring to a concept of closed space.
The chair is in the classroom.

"at the corner of" and "on the corner of" are used to indicate an open space, say street or park.

But compare these sentences,
The tree is at the corner of the street.
The tree is on the corner of the street.

My assumption is that if the tree is planted right on the corner, we use "on". If it is round the corner, we use "at".

I met him at the corner of the street.
I met him on the corner of the street.

:roll: sabrina

#### MikeNewYork

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blacknomi said:
Hi Experts,

"in the corner of" is used when referring to a concept of closed space.
The chair is in the classroom.

"at the corner of" and "on the corner of" are used to indicate an open space, say street or park.

But compare these sentences,
The tree is at the corner of the street.
The tree is on the corner of the street.

My assumption is that if the tree is planted right on the corner, we use "on". If it is round the corner, we use "at".

I met him at the corner of the street.
I met him on the corner of the street.

:roll: sabrina

These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

"At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner (position). But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).

#### henry

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MikeNewYork said:
These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

"At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner (position). But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).

To understand your explanation, one should know the difference between "location" and " position". :wink:

:lol:

#### MikeNewYork

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henry said:
MikeNewYork said:
These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

"At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner (position). But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).

To understand your explanation, one should know the difference between "location" and " position". :wink:

:lol:

True enough. It is sad, but one must know English to learn English -- from me. :wink:

#### henry

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MikeNewYork said:
True enough. It is sad, but one must know English to learn English -- from me. :wink:

Crazy.Really crazy!

:lol: :lol: :lol:

#### MikeNewYork

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henry said:
MikeNewYork said:
True enough. It is sad, but one must know English to learn English -- from me. :wink:

Crazy.Really crazy!

:lol: :lol: :lol:

:multi:

#### blacknomi

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henry said:
MikeNewYork said:
These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

"At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner (position). But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).

To understand your explanation, one should know the difference between "location" and " position". :wink:

:lol:

YES, Henry. I can't agree with you MORE.
I was thinking the differences between 'location' and 'position', and I used my language to imagine.

"position" is more specifically designated than "location."
The space/area that a "location" covers might wider or broader than a "position".

Is that right?

Thank you in advcane to make my day.

sabrina

#### MikeNewYork

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blacknomi said:
henry said:
MikeNewYork said:
These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

"At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner (position). But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).

To understand your explanation, one should know the difference between "location" and " position". :wink:

:lol:

YES, Henry. I can't agree with you MORE.
I was thinking the differences between 'location' and 'position', and I used my language to imagine.

"position" is more specifically designated than "location."
The space/area that a "location" covers might wider or broader than a "position".

Is that right?

Thank you in advcane to make my day.

sabrina

Yes, that's pretty good. :wink:

#### blacknomi

##### Key Member
MikeNewYork said:
Yes, that's pretty good. :wink:

Danke sehr. Mike.

#### blacknomi

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MikeNewYork said:
These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

"At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner(position).But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).

Mike, there is a mistake.

:wink:

#### MikeNewYork

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blacknomi said:
MikeNewYork said:
These uses of "at" and "in" are a bit tricky. Either could be used for the tree or the meeting.

"At" tends to refer to a location; "on" tends to refer to a position. If the position is in the location, we can use either. "At the corner" and "on the corner" are sometimes/often interchangeable. We usually stand "on" the corner, not "at" the corner(position).But we meet "at the corner" (location) or "on the corner" (position).

Mike, there is a mistake.

:wink:

Yes, you're right. That "position" should follow "on the corner".

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