What is the rule for using "in" and "at?"  Example - Glenn is fishing at/in the river.

asked Jun 04 '13 at 04:44 Jacque Hildreth New member

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I have to disagree with Sanjay. Using "in" means that the person is standing in the river. Certain methods of fishing require that. Other ways of fishing put you "at" the river (standing at the river's edge) or "on" the river (in a boat on top of the water).

link comment answered Jun 04 '13 at 10:59 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

When referring to a specific location or to a point, at is usually used. 

Within a location: in the room; in the building 

In your sentence, "in" would be a better choice.

link answered Jun 04 '13 at 04:53 Sanjay Expert

Your use of "specific location" doesn't really make sense, Sanjay. Being specific is relative. You could give a specific city, a specific neighborhood, a specific building, a specific floor, a specific room, even a specific chair in the room. The fact that there is a specific location does not determine what preposition to use. You can be in, on, at, beside, below, near, around, over, or under a specific location.

Patty TJun 04 '13 at 16:29

Thank you very much indeed for your comments, ma'am. I got your point. Yes, you are right.

SanjayJun 04 '13 at 16:57

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