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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.
July 9, 2004 @ 3:07PM
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?
July 9, 2004 @ 3:16PM
in the second example above I did mean to put "play" not "plan"
July 9, 2004 @ 3:17PM
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."
August 6, 2004 @ 12:49PM
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January 30, 2006 @ 1:55AM
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January 30, 2006 @ 2:07AM
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