If I have a shipment with X products, which is one the correct usage:

  • At the first shipment we got X products
  • On the first shipment we got X products
  • In the first shipment we got X products or is there something better?
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    A shipment is a consignment of goods transported together, so I would use in. X product was a part of that shipment. Commented Aug 8, 2020 at 8:21

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A “shipment” is a collection of things transported together, and you refer to the members as being “in” that collection.

We treat collections as if they are containers, regardless of whether a physical container exists.


You got (received) X products from / in the first shipment.

Relevant NGram:

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Although it may look like from is by far the best choice, we have to take into account the usages of each word. One normally receives from an entity or a quantity, while one normally receives in an event or a time period. The arrival of a shipment is an event and a shipment is a quantity of items.

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