Where did you get this book?

I got it from the store right across the mall.


I got it at the store right across the mall.

In contexts like this, are from and at interchangeable? Do both the sentence get the same meaning across?


Both at and from in this sentence can be used to convey or give the same meaning. A native listener would understand your meaning in both cases.

The preposition at is usually used to talk about something very exact or specific (time, place) and so it's possible that your sentence with at might be used when the speaker is actually physically pointing towards the store as he speaks. i.e. being very specific.

In comparison from might be used when the speaker is sitting at home and telling his family where he bought his item from. i.e. being more general.

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They are both acceptable and commonly used in this context.

I can't imagine any difference in meaning or connotation. I'd say that from is a slightly more proper word to use here and at is very slightly more casual. You might be slightly more likely to write the former and say the latter.

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