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Is it possible to say in the home, or we should always use at home?

I am not sure whether I can use in the home.

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In my understanding both are correct. However, they express different things:

"at home" it more general and usual. E.g. "I'm at home."; "I left my bag at home.".

"in the home" means more of like inside the house. E.g. "I left my keys in the home" (and you are locked out now; at home however would mean that you went somewhere and forgot them at home); "Where have you been? We waited in the garden for like hours!" - "I was in the home all the time.".

I myself would almost always prefer "inside the house / flat" to "in the home".

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    I, too, would probably say, "I left my keys in the house," and, "I was inside the house all the time." However, there are contexts where "in the home" might sound more natural. Specifically, when we are not talking about one person's house, but the home in general – particularly in more formal writing, such as safety pamphlets or census results. For example: "Always keep a working smoke detector in the home," or, "Nowadays, more than half of all families have three or more televisions in the home." – J.R. Nov 18 '14 at 13:47
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    @J.R. Thank you for pointing that out. As I wrote the last sentence in my post, I was wondering how a case in which "in the house" is being sensibly used would actually look like but I couldn't imagine one. Your ones make sense and target the right kind of sentences. – Fytch Nov 18 '14 at 14:33
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Both prepositional phrases are correct. If someone calls you, & asks, "Where are you, right now," answer, "I'm at home." Some office furniture looks attractive in the home. at home is specific. You're either at home, or you're not. in the home is usually general. Of course, every rule has exceptions. A television interviewer might report, "We're in the home of [some celebrity]."

  • I didn't really answer your question. There are times when in the home can be used. – JimM Nov 18 '14 at 15:31

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