Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Do you still get confused between “in” and “at” in English?

These pesky prepositions might be still causing you problems.

Today we will answer a listener question where we clarify the differences between the two prepositions.

“Hi, Lindsay, Michelle:

My name is Jixuan Cheng. I’m from China. I’ve been living in the US for almost 4 years. Until recently, I realized my English is never getting better since I never practice it. And my Chinese is getting worse at the same time(Freaking out)! You can tell how bad feeling it is…… That’s why I found this podcast. So far, I think it’s the best for English learners, and no one of!! Thank you very much.

There’s one thing always confused me. My question is which I should use : in the gym/at the gym? I always texted my friends try to tell them, I’m in the gym, but I don’t know which one is better? or In the airport/at the airport? or I could use them both and it’s really doesn’t matter? If you guys already has similar podcast please let me know. Really want to figure this out.”

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Quick review:

  • In: usually something contained inside something else. A position with space limits
  • At: a place, a location

In versus At:

  • Where is Michelle? Is she at the gym? Is she at the cafe? Is she at work?
  • Now we’re outside of the gym in the parking lot. Where is Michelle? She is in the gym or she is in the locker room?

To get more details and examples of the differences please listen to the full episode in the audio player above and get the transcripts to read the role play.

What questions do you still have about “in” and “at”?

Let us know in the comments below.

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