prepositions of place

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I would like to know if there is any difference between these expressions:

1. in the hospital
at the hospital

2. in the school
at school
 

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AT the hospital is a general location, so is more likely to be used for a patient who is being treated, but not staying. IN is more likely to be used for a patient staying or someone employed there. ;-)
 

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To my knowledge, ' at ' signifies only a location :)
 

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It is a location, but not a very specific one. ;-)
 
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