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At vs In

This is 1 common question I receive from my students. “What is the difference between At vs In when speaking of location?”

Lets first look at some examples of “at”.
1. I am drinking coffee at Starbucks.
2. I am going to my friend`s house at 3 pm.
When we use “at”, we talk about a action (Verb). In this case, drinking and going are verbs.

Next, lets look at some examples of “In”.
1. I was in Japan for 2 weeks.
2. Kenny is in the cafe.
We use “in” when we use the be-verb (is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been). In this case, was and is are be-verbs.

Kenny Nishizaki