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in OR at


in OR at
I understand you can use in OR at when  talking  about a place.  I can work in the hotel OR I can work at the hotel. 
When speaking generally about a place of work which one would you use and WHY?  I need the rule to explain to a student. Thanks in advance.

2 Aug 2015      

Russian Federation

Use AT with a place of work, studying or rest in general  - at a restaurant, at school, at the beach/

Use IN when the object is in/inside the place ( not necessarily working there ) - in a restaurant, in the school, in the garden.

2 Aug 2015     

United States

Maybe this will help you a bit: http://www.learnersdictionary.com/qa/post-1397832222

2 Aug 2015     

Mr. Wilson

4 Aug 2015