Could you explain what is the correct usage of this phrase?

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    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 19:18

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The preposition "at" is more commonly used to talk about a specific and geographically small location.

  • I arrived at work.
  • I arrived at the airport.

The preposition "in" is more commonly used to talk about geographically large areas.

  • I arrived in America.
  • I arrived in Knox County.
  • I arrived in Yellowstone.

Following the above examples, I would suggest that countryside should get the "in" preposition.

  • I arrived in the countryside.
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    Agree with @alwayssummer - an example of this is given in the Cambridge Dictionary under the Grammar section, where they suggest that you use 'at' if you imagine the place as a point, and 'in' if it is an area: dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/arrive
    – rhm
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 19:26

I think in proper context both are correct.

You will see plains when you arrive in the countryside.

You will see a stranded barn when you arrive at the countryside.

(I hope I'm right)

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