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sb70012
Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 11:55:53 PM

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Hello,
Suppose I'm talking to a plumber or electrician who is employed to work in a primary school.

Do you work at/in this school?

Which preposition should I use in this context?
tautophile
Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 1:12:16 AM
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I recommend you use "...at this school" instead of "...in this school". The usual idiom is "I work at a job", or "at an office", or "at a factory", meaning that is is place at which you work. Sometimes you you can use "in", as in "I work in a 'clean room' at the factory", or "I work in an office on the 5th floor of an office building": or "I work in a laboratory", but in such case your "in" means "within".

So, as you see, both are "at" and "in" acceptable, but in different contexts. In the context you describe--you're talking to a workman who's part of a school's maintenance staff--the sentence "Do you work at this school?" is much more common and colloquial, which is why I recommend it.
sb70012
Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 11:03:49 AM

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How about in American English?
georgew
Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 11:42:23 AM

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sb70012 wrote:
How about in American English?


Was Tautophile using a different language?

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