INSIDE vs. IN the auditorium

Discussion in 'English Only' started by LQZ, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. LQZ

    LQZ Senior Member

    Canada
    Mandarin
    Inside the junior high auditorium, hundreds of refugees from the March 11 tsunami rolled up their blankets and moved to the rear... New York Times (subscription, free)

    Dear all,

    Is there any difference between inside the auditorium and in the auditorium? Could you please explain to me? Thanks.



    LQZ
     
  2. Fabulist Senior Member

    Annandale, Virginia, USA
    American English
    Not really. Using "inside" places more emphasis on the contrast with "outside."
     
  3. LQZ

    LQZ Senior Member

    Canada
    Mandarin
    Thank you for your help. :)
     
  4. LauraK

    LauraK Senior Member

    Georgia, USA
    American English
    "Inside" also sounds a bit more literary, at least to me.
     
  5. LQZ

    LQZ Senior Member

    Canada
    Mandarin
    Thank you, Laurak. :)
     
  6. SwissJeremy Senior Member

    German-Swiss
    How about "let's go in" vs "let's go inside" or "Come in" vs "Come insde" are these sentences interchangeable?
     
  7. LauraK

    LauraK Senior Member

    Georgia, USA
    American English
    Yes, Jeremy, they are completely interchangeable there. You would hear both "go/come in" and "go/come inside" in informal, everyday speech.
     

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