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1a) you can do well at a lot of things

1b) you can do well in a lot of things

2a) you can do well in many things

2b) you can do well at many things

I am confused about the usage of "in" or "at" in the examples above. Which one should I choose and why?

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  • I don't think this question should be closed as "proofreading" since OP clearly indicates that the usage of in/at confuses him. @Waleed You have received a couple of close votes as "lacking details". To prevent more close votes, you should try to include your own research and explain your understanding of the problem. See Details, Please and the Contributor's Guide (Asking) for tips and examples.
    – Em.
    Nov 22, 2018 at 5:03

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The 'things' being referred to are events, not places, so the prepositions have to do with 'time'. They are very similar, but 'in' is more specific than 'at', so you could say

"He was good at speaking to crowds" (for events),

but "He was good in speaking to the crowd" (for a specific event).

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  • plz I don't want answers about "good at" but I need answers about "do well"
    – Waleed Gh
    Nov 22, 2018 at 9:31
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    "He did well at running. He did well in the race." You should be able to see the difference in specificity regardless of the verb.
    – amI
    Nov 23, 2018 at 4:36
  • yes but I want a direct answer to my questions above plz>>> which one of them is correct and which is incorrect>
    – Waleed Gh
    Nov 24, 2018 at 21:18
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    None of your examples is 'incorrect'. Only with more specific examples would one be better than the other, but the nuance could depend on some of the speakers knowledge that is not specified in the sentence -- just think of positions that are 'in' being a subset of positions that are 'at'.
    – amI
    Nov 25, 2018 at 16:38

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