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Which is correct?"The children are cleaning at the school compound." or "The children are cleaning the school compound."?

asked Oct 20 '12 at 15:09 May New member

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To expand on Sanjay's answer -- "at the school compound" tells us where the children are cleaning, but not what. They might be cleaning cars "at the school compound." "cleaning the school compound" tells us what they are cleaning and implies where (because school compounds are fixed and not moveable).

link comment answered Oct 21 '12 at 00:19 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow
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The children are cleaning at the school compound." or "The children are cleaning the school compound."? Both the sentences are grammatically correct , but they differ in the meanings.

In the first sentence, "At" signifies a location.  The second sentence signifies the particular location.    

link comment edited Oct 20 '12 at 18:01 sanjay Expert

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