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Can we use both "participate at" and "participate in" interchangeably? Is there a difference between the two if any?

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Participate is not tied to a particular preposition such as at or in. Like other verbs, it can be modified by a phrase beginning with a preposition. The choice of preposition will depend more on what commonly goes with the rest of the prepositional phrase, not on the verb. Some examples:

  • Everyone will participate in the weekly meeting.

  • I would like to participate at the $100 level.

  • Sheila wants to participate with me.

  • We participate through our parent organization.

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The nytimes uses "at " as follow: markets.on.nytimes.com/research/stocks/news/… –  user17857 Feb 1 '12 at 0:56
    
@Mohammad: The use of "at" rather than "in" there somewhat downplays the role of that company. For example, they may not be presenting a talk to the attendees en masse - perhaps they'll just have a couple of their guys manning a stall. The nytimes probably just inserted the company's press release verbatim - Maidenform Brands would have said they were "presenting at" the conference if they'd got a major slot in the main auditorium, addressing most of the attendees. –  FumbleFingers Feb 1 '12 at 2:36

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