I have made up the A versions of the sentences below.

(1a) Low student enrollment in my learning centre has reduced the work assigned to all tutors.

(1b) Low student enrollment at my learning centre has reduced the work assigned to tutors. (my friends' version)

(2a) Low student enrollment in my learning centre has reduced the work assigned to some tutors.

(2b) Low student enrollment at my learning centre has reduced the work assigned to tutors. (my friends' version)

My non-native English speaking friends think either "all" or "some" is unnecessary and "at" sounds better than "in".

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I don't agree with my friends on their first point. During periods of low enrollment, either some or all tutors affected by it. So, it would be appropriate to use whichever word applies.

I am not sure if "at" is a better choice than "in". I have heard from a lot of native English speakers that the use of either preposition is just a matter of personal preference. By the way, they are my neighbors and colleagues. I will give two pairs of examples below.

(3a) We like to eat in a restaurant. (Some native speakers think it' s correct.)

(3b) We like to eat at a restaurant. (Others prefer this one.)

(4a) I am working in the office right now. (Some native speakers would choice this preposition.)

(4b) I am working at the office right now. (Others like this choice.)

What is your opinion? Thank you very much.

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Hi, Ansonman,

ansonman posted:

My non-native English speaking friends think either "all" or "some" is unnecessary and "at" sounds better than "in".

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I don't agree with my friends on their first point. During periods of low enrollment, either some or all tutors affected by it. So, it would be appropriate to use whichever word applies.

I agree with you. You could also find "most tutors." The workload reduction can affect all, most, or only some tutors. If you just say "tutors," all tutors will be understood to be affected.

ansonman posted:

I am not sure if "at" is a better choice than "in". I have heard from a lot of native English speakers that the use of either preposition is just a matter of personal preference. By the way, they are my neighbors and colleagues. I will give two pairs of examples below.

(3a) We like to eat in a restaurant. (Some native speakers think it' s correct.)

(3b) We like to eat at a restaurant. (Others prefer this one.)

(4a) I am working in the office right now. (Some native speakers would choice this preposition.)

(4b) I am working at the office right now. (Others like this choice.)

What is your opinion?

I agree that both are correct. In some cases, "in" may sound more like "inside (a building)" while "at" can be used to refer to an institution rather than a physical location. That's why I personally prefer:

- Low student enrollment at my learning centre has reduced the work assigned to tutors.

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