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    в and на as prepositions with place

    Is there any general way of knowing which preposition to use?
    Similar situations require different prepositions:

    работаю в учреждении
    работаю на телеграфе

    учусь в десятом классе
    учусь на первом курсе

    был в театре
    был на спектакле

    был в тылу
    был на фронте
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    Re: в and на as prepositions with place

    Quote Originally Posted by sperk
    Is there any general way of knowing which preposition to use?
    Similar situations require different prepositions:

    работаю в учреждении
    работаю на телеграфе

    учусь в десятом классе
    учусь на первом курсе

    был в театре
    был на спектакле

    был в тылу
    был на фронте
    ]
    The title of this thread is "...as prepositions with place". This is where you are going wrong. Курс, спекталь aren't places.

    в + prep = in (a specific enclosed space)
    в школе - at school ( a school is a building)
    в театре - at the theatre (a theatre is a building)

    Events - на + prep.

    на войне - war (war is an event, not a place)
    на фронте - at the fronе (the front is not an enclosed space and is sort of an event, anyway.)
    на спектале - at the show (a show is an event, not a place)
    на фестивале - at the festival (again, an event)
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    You have to memorize the list of nouns that take на. They are often large places without defined edges, but as you can see from the above, not always.

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