at / in the zoo

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stephenlearner

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi,

I think the usage of “in" and "at" in the following three sentences is correct.
1. There are lots of visitors at/in the zoo.
2. There are lots of horses in the zoo.
3. There is a special tree in the zoo.

Can I change "in" to "at" for the 2nd and 3rd sentences?
2. There are lots of horses at the zoo.
3. There is a special tree at the zoo.

I don't think so. My reasoning goes like this:
If we use "at", we are implying that they have just/recently come from other places and will leave later. Because horses or a special tree have not just come to the zoo, nor will they leave, we can't use "at" the zoo.

What do you think?

Thank you very much.
 
  • stephenlearner

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    Thank you. In the thread you mentioned, Rover_KE suggests that "in" is better than "at" for the animals, and, in my own opinion, also for the special tree.
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    A few examples for you:
    Discover the beautiful animals & habitats at Chester Zoo
    Meet the Animals | Chester Zoo
    At ZSL London Zoo, we have....
    List of animals and animal inventory
    At Paignton Zoo you will find over 2,500 animals spread across 80 acres of natural habitat.
    Animals & habitats | Paignton Zoo
    In photos: Animals at Bristol Zoo enjoy the spring sunshine
    In photos: Animals at Bristol Zoo enjoy the spring sunshine
     
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