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

David July 9, 2004, 3:17pm

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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?

David July 9, 2004, 3:16pm

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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.

David July 9, 2004, 3:07pm

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