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Is the preposition "at" suitable in this sentence:

Let's spend the whole day at the beach?

  • I would say "on the beach" – Andrew Tobilko Jun 15 '18 at 12:09
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    You can use either at or on in your context. Note that at can be less "precise" here - it's more suitable if you mean the general area where the beach is (perhaps sitting in a beachside cafe all afternoon), where on the beach more specifically refers to actually being at the shoreline (sunbathing on the sand, for example). Thus if the speaker has just got up in his seafront holiday apartment, he'd more likely use on, but his friends who are thinking of driving over from some inland town to meet up with him might be more likely to use at. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jun 15 '18 at 12:09
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    As @FumbleFingers says, at nudges the interpretation in the location direction (i.e., the beach is conceptualized as a single point), whereas on is more literal. – user3395 Jun 15 '18 at 12:14
  • You could also say by the beach if you want to include "in the water" and other nearby areas . . . – Jason Bassford Jun 15 '18 at 14:57
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In your example, using

at is perfectly fine to designate a location or place.

at the beach
at the supermarket
at the races
at my friend's house

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