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I want to know the correct preposition to use with the word city in the following context:

  • He arrived in the city.
  • He arrived at the city.

So which one will be correct?

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Also see "I am back to city" vs. "I am back in city", – jwpat7 Mar 20 '13 at 15:34
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Either one can be used, but we tend to use "in," because a city doesn't have a definitive border, but it does surround people.

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Do you mean to say both these statements are correct? 1. Are you in New York? and 2. Are you at New York? – KeyBrd Basher Mar 20 '13 at 13:51
To me, at would imply at the boundary. You might say that if you're at a port of some kind. – Matt E. Эллен Mar 20 '13 at 14:05

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