What does "in the back of" mean? Does it have the same meaning as "at the back of" which is opposite to "in/at the front of"? Can I say "John sits in the back of the classroom"? If so, I am wondering whether "in the back of" is British English and "at the back of" is American English. Am I right?

Reference website:http://learn2speakenglishonline.blogspot.com/2010/11/preposition-differences-britishamerican.html

  • tinyurl.com/pzp2ljj The info may have been true for AmE in the first quarter of the 20th c, but since WWII, they have reached parity.
    – TimR
    Jul 31, 2015 at 10:32
  • Unfortunately, that graph is useless at best.
    – user230
    Oct 30, 2015 at 5:46

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In the back of/at the back of

Yes, they are opposite to the phrases in the front of/at the front of. According to Ngram Review provided by TRomano, both are almost equally used in AE. However, in BE, the use of the latter is more usual.

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