Ask a Question

(Create a thread)
Go Back   Spanish language learning forums > Spanish & English Languages > Grammar


At or In

 

This is the place for questions about conjugations, verb tenses, adverbs, adjectives, word order, syntax and other grammar questions for English or Spanish.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old November 07, 2021, 09:34 AM
BobRitter's Avatar
BobRitter BobRitter is offline
Pearl
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Pensacola, FL. USA
Posts: 327
Native Language: English
BobRitter is on a distinguished road
At or In

I am IN the hospital. Estoy en el hospital.
Un paciente en el hospital.

I am AT the hospital. Estoy en el hospital.
Actualmente ubicado en el hospital.
Actualmente se encuentra en el hospital.

¿Sin más contexto qué significa el oración "Estoy en el hospital"?


Otra ejemplo:
Mi esposa, una hillbilly de Kentucky, diría que "my shoes are IN the floor" en lugar de "my shoes or on the floor". Creo que "IN the floor" es un inglés antiguo y arcaico, pero no estoy seguro.

Como siempre, gracias. Bob Ritter, Pensacola Florida.
__________________
Viejo y Gruñón, Pero Adorable.
Old and Grumpy, But Lovable
Reply With Quote
   
Get rid of these ads by registering for a free Tomísimo account.
  #2  
Old November 07, 2021, 10:54 AM
Rusty's Avatar
Rusty Rusty is offline
Señor Speedy
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 11,102
Native Language: American English
Rusty has a spectacular aura aboutRusty has a spectacular aura about
Quote:
Originally Posted by BobRitter View Post
¿Sin más contexto, ¿qué significa la oración, "Estoy en el hospital"?
(With no context otherwise, you're stating your location in Spanish.)

Otro ejemplo:
Mi esposa, (una) montañesa de Kentucky, diría que "my shoes are IN the floor" en lugar de "my shoes are on the floor". Creo que "IN the floor" es un inglés antiguo y arcaico, pero no estoy seguro.
I would call this regional usage.
On and in are usually not used interchangeably in English and have been separate words in the language since its inception.
The Spanish phrase "en el hospital" can mean "in the hospital" or "at the hospital," which both mean the same thing in American English (one's location), but if you're a patient at the hospital, we usually make it clear that we're not there visiting someone by providing more information (if there's any confusion).
The British use "in hospital" to mean that you're a patient, and "at hospital" to mean you're visiting someone in the hospital.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old November 08, 2021, 06:14 AM
BobRitter's Avatar
BobRitter BobRitter is offline
Pearl
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Pensacola, FL. USA
Posts: 327
Native Language: English
BobRitter is on a distinguished road
Thanks Rusty.
__________________
Viejo y Gruñón, Pero Adorable.
Old and Grumpy, But Lovable
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
at, en, in

 

Link to this thread
URL: 
HTML Link: 
BB Code: 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Site Rules


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:26 AM.

Forum powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

X