14th April

today’s words and grammar;

at school VS in school

I sometimes get confused whether(conj.) to use in or at. For example,

Children were not at school yesterday, because yesterday was a holiday.

Children were not in school yesterday, because yesterday was a holiday.
Is there a rule of thumb to not confuse in and at? rules of thumb;

Not really, ‘in school‘ is perhaps more common American English while ‘at school’ is more British but both are equally ‘correct’. Similarly an American would probably say ‘in college’ while a Brit would say ‘at university’.

In tends to be used for institutions, so your are ‘in hospital‘ or rather than ‘at hospital’ but ‘at home‘ not ‘in home’ – although you might be put ‘in a home’

It’s just one of those things!

there is perhaps a slight subtle difference that ‘in school’ means they attend school – as opposed to having finished school, while ‘at school’ means they are there now.
So “are your children in school” = are they under 16 or 18 ? But “are your children at school” = are they at school today or are they at home.
(but that’s from a BE perspective)

So, does it hurt your ears if you hear “Children were at school” or you wouldn’t really notice the oversight? – Nemoden Apr 11 ’12 at 4:50
My take (also BE) on your final point is that “in school” would only be used as you describe, but “at school” could be used in either instance: “he’s not gone to university yet – he’s still at/in school” and “he hasn’t got home yet – he’s still at school” all sound fine to me, but “he hasn’t got home yet – he’s still in school” would raise an eyebrow, since the implication is that the reason he’s not home is that he’s too young. – Graham Snyder Apr 11 ’12 at 15:30

`implicate-implication; oppose. v. = diagree/ ~sb = compete with sb; opposed adj.; `opposite n. adj. prep. the opposite sex异性

China has a high level of civilization.中国有高度的文明。

health n. healthy adj.   health problems = health issues健康问题;  No!!! healthy problems不是健康的问题,都已经健康了,还有什么问题;

eg: obesity and health issues are becoming more and more urgency those days.

errors: urgency n. 名词没有比较级,只有adj. adv.有。urgent adj.   emergency n.;

those days   : a period of time in the past

Remember when we were kids and life was easy? Well, those days are gone.

In those days, women weren’t allowed to own property.

No one knew in those days what caused the disease.

experiments;   I agree that… NOT i agree with that;


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