In/at a meeting


Senior Member
Hello :)

Is there a difference between: "He is in a meeting" and "He is at a meeting"?

Are these two interchangeable?

Thank you
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    There are (inevitably) circumstances where they're not quite the same. 'In' suggests "in a room", 'at' suggests "at some place, a building perhaps". If you can look through a glass wall into the next room and see he's in a meeting in that room, you'd be likely to say 'in', and he might be out of it in five minutes. If he's gone away somewhere - the next floor down, or an office across town, or in Seattle or Hong Kong - he's at that office, and at a meeting there, and might be back tomorrow.