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In/at school

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on April 27, 2005

In Reply to: In/at school posted by Smokey Stover on April 27, 2005

: : : : What's the difference between "in school" and "at school"?
: : : : He is in school.
: : : : He is at school.
: : : : Is there any nuance change?

: : : Not to my UK ear.

: : There's not a lot of difference to my U.S. ear. But I have heard people say, "He is in school" to mean he is enrolled. He hasn't graduated or left school. And "He is at school" to mean he is there right now.

: I have to second ESC as to American usage. He is "in school" can be used to mean he's there right now, as in the case of "at school." Or he's enrolled. SS

:There is a difference to my UK ear. "In school" sounds slightly American to me and I wouldn't expect anybody where I live (SE England)to use it. Here we use "at school" for both meanings: "currently enrolled" or "at this moment".