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未讀 2019-10-06, 08:25 AM   #1
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預設 “in the meeting” or “at the meeting”


“in the meeting”

or

“at the meeting”



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未讀 2019-10-06, 08:26 AM   #2
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When I read "at the meeting", I think of the person being outside the room or near where the meeting will be.

When I see "in the meeting", the person is inside the room and is attending the meeting.

When you meet with people in a room, it is more common to use "in". That signifies that the person is busy meeting with someone else or with others.


   


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未讀 2019-10-06, 08:27 AM   #3
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"at" usually suggests a location
while "in" suggests an activity.



By way of example, consider the following question/answer pairs:

Q: "Where is Ms. Smith?"
A: "She is at a shareholder meeting."

Q: "What is Ms. Smith doing?"
A: "She is in a shareholder meeting."

Q: "Is Mr. Johnson here?"
A: "No, he is at a meeting with a client."

Q: "Is Mr. Johnson busy?"
A: "Yes, he is in a meeting with a client."


   


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未讀 2019-10-06, 08:29 AM   #4
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The "in" construction avoids the issue of location altogether. Suppose you were to enter an office and ask the person at the front desk:



引用:
"Is Susan here today?"
If the person responded:

引用:
"Susan is in a meeting all day today."
that would not really answer the question. Susan might be in a meeting and still be in the office. On the other hand, if the answer was:

引用:
"Susan is at a meeting all day today."
you could be fairly certain that Susan is not in the office, but has gone to a meeting somewhere else.


   


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Both in and at get used interchangeably but they can have slightly different meanings

Use at when referring to the meeting as a location.

引用:
She is at the meeting
she is attending the meeting (we do not know what her participation is)
引用:
I will be at the conference
I will be attending the conference


Use in when referring to the meeting as an action.

引用:
She is in a meeting.
she is taking an active part in a meeting
引用:
I will be in the conference
I am a participant/speaker at the conference





When referring to participation of a meeting, using at is more passive than using in

引用:
The observer countries were at the Security Council meeting
obsever countries attended the Security Council meeting
引用:
Russia and China were in the Security Council meeting
Russia and China were a part of the Security Council meeting


Notice the possible difference between

引用:
She is in a meeting at the client's offices.
She is at a meeting in the client's offices.
they could have the exact same meaning, or the first could imply "she" is being more active whereas the second may imply "she" is attending in a supporting role.



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Here is how these two prepositional phrases are used in contemporary American idiom when the subject is Meetings.

引用:
Is Mr Jones available?
--No, he's in a meeting.
引用:
Were you at yesterday's meeting about the Pacific-Rim marketing strategy?
--Yes. That large conference room holds quite a few people, doesn't it!

"In a meeting" means to be in the room where a discussion or presentation is ongoing, and "at a meeting" means to attend the event.



What's the difference?

The underlying idea of "at" is that one has moved one's person to the location or event in question. The underlying idea of "in" is one of simple location not involving motion or direction.

So, if someone says "he is at a meeting" the meaning is that he has gone to a meeting, and if someone says "he is in a meeting" the meaning is that he is in the midst of a group of people who are discussing something.



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