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Hi
Hope you are fine.

Which one is correct? If both are correct, what is the difference between them?

a) John works AT the office.

b) John works IN the office.

Thank you

Answer
Hame,

both are correct but they mean different things

a) means that John has an office job

b) could mean that John is fixing something in an office - he may be a painter, a plummer etc
"in" implies that John is physically in the said office

b) could also mean that John is doing some work inside his office - regardless of what kind of work

In other words "in" emphasizes the physical location of John


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