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sb70012
Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 11:58:10 AM

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Hello,
I have a question:

Where is she?
She's in the house. correct (more common)
She's at the house. correct (less common)

Where's the party?
It's at her house. correct (more common)
It's in her house. correct (less common)


Is my analysis right?

Thank you.

Sorry if I don't thank you more than once. I don't want to bother you by filling up a thread with multiple thank yous.
thar
Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 1:24:59 PM

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It is all about what you want to say. Both are correct, but the second is less common because the need for that meaning is less common.

'At' denotes a location, a place.

Where is she?
She at the cinema
...at her house
...at the playground
...at the office
...at work
...at school
...at home


'In' denotes a position, relative to an object
Where is she?
She is outside the house
...in the house
...underneath the house (if there is a space there)
...behind the house
...on the roof


If a group are in the garden, and someone asks, "Where is she?.
You want details. The answer could be:
She's in the house
...in the kitchen
...in the pool. Whistle (the pool at the house)

But if you don't know where someone is, you want to know their location.
Where is she?
She's at her friend's house
She's at the pool (the local public pool)

If there is a party, you want to know the location.
Where's the party?
It's at her house.
...at my house
...at her parents' house
...at the pool (the local public pool).

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