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When I see someone reading a newspaper on the bench, I say "I saw someone reading a newspaper on the bench." Is it also a correct way to say " I saw someone reading a newspaper at the bench." or "I saw someone reading a newspaper in the bench?"
 

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No ... and you'd only say 'the bench' if your listener knew which bench you were referring to or it was the one you had mentioned earlier - otherwise, say 'a ​bench'.
 

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While I searched the internet, I saw many sentences with "at the bench". So I am very confused. If it is wrong to say " I saw someone reading a paper at the bench.", what does "at the bench" mean?
 
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Please give us some of those sentences and the context. There might be a very good reason the writer used "the".
 

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Please give us some of those sentences and the context. There might be a very good reason the writer used "the".
I didn't ask about " the". Two Questions: (1) When I saw someone reading a newspaper on the bench, is it okay to say "I saw someone reading a newspaper at the bench."? (2) When you hear "at the bench", what comes to your mind?
 

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That must be a record, even for this typophile. I write one two-letter word with a full stop, and it needs to be edited. What did I do?.



You typed ​No,

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(2) When you hear "at the bench", what comes to your mind?
I think of a craftsman working at a workbench, which is like a table. But I would need to see the context.
 
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