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# When to use 'in' and when to use 'at'

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Can somebody explain the usage of 'in' and 'at' related to GMAT SC?

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15 May 2012, 19:47
kartik222 wrote:
Hi,

Can somebody explain the usage of 'in' and 'at' related to GMAT SC?

thanks.

Hi kartik

We use IN this way.
Sally are you in the bathroom? Remember that in is really from the word inside. So you use the in whenever you would have used the word inside.

We use AT this way.
Charlie calls his son on the cell phone. He would like to know the whereabouts of his son because it is very late at night. His son answers the phone. Charlie says, "David where are you at? You should have been home hours ago." David says, "I am at the hospital because Janeen fell and broke her leg. I don't where she is at inside this hospital. I have been waiting for hours to have her come to the waiting room with a cast on her leg." Charlie asked, "Have you called her parents to tell them where she is at?" "Yes," said David

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15 May 2012, 22:22
narangvaibhav wrote:
kartik222 wrote:
Hi,

Can somebody explain the usage of 'in' and 'at' related to GMAT SC?

thanks.

Hi kartik

We use IN this way.
Sally are you in the bathroom? Remember that in is really from the word inside. So you use the in whenever you would have used the word inside.

We use AT this way.
Charlie calls his son on the cell phone. He would like to know the whereabouts of his son because it is very late at night. His son answers the phone. Charlie says, "David where are you at? You should have been home hours ago." David says, "I am at the hospital because Janeen fell and broke her leg. I don't where she is at inside this hospital. I have been waiting for hours to have her come to the waiting room with a cast on her leg." Charlie asked, "Have you called her parents to tell them where she is at?" "Yes," said David

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@narangvaibhav - If we write "I am in the hospital because Janeen fell and broke her leg"

Will that be wrong usage ?
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16 May 2012, 05:08
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narangvaibhav wrote:
kartik222 wrote:
Hi,

Can somebody explain the usage of 'in' and 'at' related to GMAT SC?

thanks.

Hi kartik

We use IN this way.
Sally are you in the bathroom? Remember that in is really from the word inside. So you use the in whenever you would have used the word inside.

We use AT this way.
Charlie calls his son on the cell phone. He would like to know the whereabouts of his son because it is very late at night. His son answers the phone. Charlie says, "David where are you at? You should have been home hours ago." David says, "I am at the hospital because Janeen fell and broke her leg. I don't where she is at inside this hospital. I have been waiting for hours to have her come to the waiting room with a cast on her leg." Charlie asked, "Have you called her parents to tell them where she is at?" "Yes," said David

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Vaibhav

@narangvaibhav - If we write "I am in the hospital because Janeen fell and broke her leg"

Will that be wrong usage ?

Hi Kartik

In this case the meaning is that you are inside the hospital hence there is absolutely no ambiguity about your location, when you use "at" there is ambiguity. The sentence is correct. Meaning will change as per the usage of "in" or " at"

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