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Which is correct?A. He is fishing in the river.B. He is fishing by the river.C. He is fishing at the river.D. He is fishing near the river.

asked Apr 29 '12 at 07:27 May New member

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Actually, all are correct and carry different meanings (at least in American English).

 

He is fishing in the river --> this carries a general meaning (the fish are in the river and he is fishing for those fish) but also may mean he is standing in the river while fishing (fly fishing is done that way).

 

He is fishing by the river --> this means he is not fly fishing (standing in the river) but is standing beside the river while fishing.

 

He is fishing at the river --> this gives a specific location (relative to others) where he is fishing. "Joan, where did Joe go fishing today -- the lake or the river?" asked Mary. Joan said, "He is fishing at the river."

 

He is fishing near the river --> again, this is used to describe the location where he is fishing. "Joan, where did Joe go fishing today -- the lake or the river?" asked Mary. Joan said, "He is fishing near the river. You know, at that secret pond he likes."  

link comment answered Apr 29 '12 at 14:50 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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