At or in?

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In is used for position inside large places - countries, districts, large cities etc, and in three-dimensional space (when something is surrounded on all sides.). At is generally used for small and unimportant places like villages, small towns etc.

This rule is not very rigidly followed, and in is often used for small places too, though at is seldom used for big places.

Sometimes we use at with a larger place, if we just think of this as a point on a journey or a meeting place, for example.

At is particularly common with proper names used for buildings or organizations.


See Also

As, since, because and for
A lot of, lots of, plenty of, a great deal of
Below and under
Above and over
Both and both of
As if and as though
Fairly, quite, pretty and rather
Finally, at last, in the end and at the end
No and none