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IN or AT doubt



newuser07
Argentina

IN or AT doubt
 
Hi guys!
 
Is there any difference between I work in (company x) and I work at (company x)?
I used to teach I work for but after reading some texts Im not sure now.
 
 
Are all of them right?
 
THanks in advance!
 
Smile

27 Sep 2009      



maoopa
China

Most people here say "I work at ..." but "work for" is also very used. I´ve never heard "I work in"

Mauro

27 Sep 2009     



GIOVANNI
Canada

I would think that for suggests that the speaker is thinking of the company that employs him/her, while at suggests that the speaker may be thinking of the office or location as he speaks; but   I am an employee of Pepsi also conveys the same.   In would  probably be used as a type of establishment I work in a factory.

27 Sep 2009     



mcandelacch17
Argentina

I would say I work for, but not I work in or at a company. Check in this link http://www.collins.co.uk/Corpus/CorpusSearch.aspx. It s the Collins Concordance Collocation sample. You just have to type your query like this: work+at+a+company or work+for+a+company or work+in+a+company. Here you will find all the collocations usually and mostly used by native speakers of the language. good luck!  

27 Sep 2009     



Tint
South Africa

"I work in...", to me means that you re working in the particular office building, but not necessarily for the company or employed by the company. "I work at..." has similar connotations for me. I d use "I work for..." if I m talking about the company that employs me.

As an example, I work for myself, but I work in at least two schools and often work at some large corporations where I teach business students.

27 Sep 2009     



newuser07
Argentina

THanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Very clear answers and thanks for the great link :)
 
Have a great weekend!!!

27 Sep 2009     



teacher_julia
United States

The only time I would say "I work in" is when I m talking about a department. I could say "I work in the language department" or "I work in electronics" but when you use a company name you would say "I work for"

1 Oct 2009     



moudy92
Qatar

I think both in  or at can work well .

1 Oct 2009