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Which one is correct? “As far back as I remember, the country was at war.” “As far back as I remember, the country was in war.” If both are correct, what’s the difference?

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It seems like a subject can be "at" some kind of noun without an article in certain cases, but cannot be "in" a noun without some sort of help.

rugharas July 9, 2004 @ 3:07PM

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Oh I don't know...prepositions are so odd anyway...

"Play at cards." - Ok.

"Plan in cards." - hmmm...I suppose a child might do this...especially if there were a lot of cards lying on the floor.

"Play at Chess." - OK.
"Play in Chess." - Not OK?
"Nation at war." - OK.
"Nation in war." - Not OK.
"Nation in wartime." - OK.
"Nation at wartime." - Not OK.
"House in flames." - OK.
"House at flames." - Not OK
"Man at leisure." - OK.
"Man in leisure." - Not OK?

rugharas July 9, 2004 @ 3:16PM

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in the second example above I did mean to put "play" not "plan"

rugharas July 9, 2004 @ 3:17PM

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Definitely "at war" -- and not "was" but "has been". "Was" means a condition that took place once and since ended. "Has been" means was and remains so now. So, "As far back as I remember the country has been at war."

no August 6, 2004 @ 12:49PM

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