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The disease was spreading, and the town's children were _____ risk.

A. in B. at

Could you tell me the difference between "in risk" and "at risk".

Thanks.

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You use at risk.

At risk is an idiom that means "to be in a situation where something unpleasant might happen." (Collins Dictionary)

For example (nhlbi.nih.gov):

However, two age groups are at greater risk of developing pneumonia

If you check .gov sites, you can see, they usually say someone is "at risk of developing" a disease and not "in risk of developing" a disease.

"In risk" is not wrong, but the idiomatic usage is "at risk."

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B is the correct answer, that's how English described it,

Within few searches you can get your result, my first search got it for you, and is B:

The disease was spreading, and the town's children were at risk.

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