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Koh Elaine
Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:22:02 PM
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On the evening of Feb 24, the victim was collecting mail at a void deck at McNair Road when Verma emerged from behind her and said "hello", Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Tan Zhi Xiang told the court.

Shouldn't it be "in" instead of "at"?

Thanks.
Ashwin Joshi
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Shouldn't it be "in" instead of "at"?

No, It shouldn't be. 'At' is correct. IMO

Me Gathering Pebbles at The Seashore.-Aj
Romany
Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 3:01:34 PM
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Koh,

I'm so sorry: - but I don't know what a "void deck" is so its impossible for me to say which preposition would be apt. Perhaps I know it by a different name?
RuthP
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Koh Elaine wrote:
On the evening of Feb 24, the victim was collecting mail at a void deck at McNair Road when Verma emerged from behind her and said "hello", Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Tan Zhi Xiang told the court.

Shouldn't it be "in" instead of "at"?

Thanks.

Like Romany, I don't know what a "void deck" is, and so cannot tell you for sure. Assuming it is a structure like a building, and that it is located somewhere along McNair Road, then American English would use "on" to designate the location. I believe British English may use "in" for this. This specifies which void deck it is: the one on(in) McNair Road, rather than the one on(in) Trafalgar Square.

On the other hand, if I assume the void deck is a very long structure (or location) and it is intersected by several roads, then it would be "the void deck, at McNair Road". This would specify where along the long void deck she was: at McNair Road, after Brown Road, but before Smith Road.
almo 1
Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 4:12:00 PM
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"A void deck is an open space typically found on the ground floor of apartment blocks in Singapore. The void deck occupies the ground level, while apartments are usually on the second floor and above. You can take letters from the void deck.Void decks are spaces for community mingling, where functions are often attended by neighbours across the ethnic spectrum.[1] Sometimes, events like weddings or funeral wakes are held in such places.

Small grocers, medical and dental clinics, bakeries, and other shops are often located in void decks, especially in older apartment blocks. These amenities are often converted bomb shelters, with parts of the shelter still usable in case of an attack. Most void decks also have bicycle racks, benches, and recreational tables for residents' use. It is common for void deck tables to have either a xiangqi or checkers board carved on them."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Void_deck
Romany
Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 5:07:59 PM
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Right, yes, I know exactly what it is now, I know them as "Communal Spaces" or "Rec Floors" or sometimes just the "Bike Floor". I have no idea if they even have a name for it in English as the concept doesn't occur in the West.

And I would say 'in' - it was the void deck of a building IN McNair Road from which he was collecting the mail.
Koh Elaine
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Thanks to all of you. And my apologies for the confusion caused by "void deck".
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