Which is correct: AT SCHOOL or IN SCHOOL?

 

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We actually use both in school and at school, for slightly different situations.

At school means the person is literally, physically, inside the school.

(conversation at 2:00 PM)

“Where’s John?”

“He’s at school. His classes finish at 3:30.”

In school means the person is studying in general (usually at college or university) but not necessarily inside the school building at that moment.

“My husband doesn’t have a job because he’s in school. He’s studying law.”

I can say this sentence even if my husband is not at the school at that moment.

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