Which is correct – IN school or AT school?

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Which is correct – in school or at school?

We actually use both, for slightly different situations.

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

  • My daughter is at school right now. I have to go pick her up after lunch.

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 isn’t working because he’s in school. He’s studying law.

I can say this sentence even if my husband is not at school right now.

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