In or At The Office

Have you ever wondered if you should use 'in the office' or 'at the office' to refer to your presence? We will learn more about them in this lesson.

"In" or "At The Office" in the English grammar

Which One Should Be Used?

'In the office' and 'at the office' are both correct and can be used but each of them must be used in certain contexts. 'In the office' is used to refer to the physical presence in a workplace and 'at the office' is used to refer to the idea of someone's workplace.

In the office

'In the office' is used to talk about the physical presence of someone or something in a workplace which is referred to as the office. Have a look:

He spends most of his time in the office.

Here, we mean that the subject is most of the time physically present at the office location.

I left my phone in the office.

At the office

We use 'at the office' to talk about the concept and the idea of someone's workplace. We often use 'at work' instead of 'at the office' in this context. For example:

He spends most of his time at the office.

Here, we mean that the subject spends most of their time working.

I was at the office when you called.

In office

The phrase 'in office' is often heard on the news. 'In office' with an article is often used to refer to an authority being the position of power. It is mostly used to refer to presidents and their years as authority. Take a look at the following examples:

His days in office are coming to an end.

She was in office from 2018 to 2022.

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