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  • Wall maps of the United States and the world (ideally hanging in the front of the classroom).
  • A banner above the black board in front of the classroom reads, Wanted: Inquiring Minds.
  • What's the difference between in the front of the classroom and in front of the classroom?
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    Well, precisely speaking, I prefer in the front of the classroom. Though I doubt most readers/listeners would misinterpret in front of in this context, the phrase typically refers to a location behind which is the next thing. The classroom here is not meant to be understood as behind the blackboard.
    Hi,

    You might also speak of 'in front of the class' - the teacher stands in front of the class, (ie in front of the students.)

    Best wishes. Clive
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    " in the front of the classroom " means the part of the classroom which faces forward.

    " in front of " means " close to the front part of something "

  • A banner above the black board in front of the classroom reads, Wanted: Inquiring Minds. ( i think this is wrong because missing the definite "the".
  • My dictionary (OED) suggests "in the front of X" is an archaic version of "in front of" used up to the middle of 19th century. It says both mean "at a position where one can face X". This means the position is outside of X.

    As to Teo's sentences, I think "in (the) front of the classroom" should be "at the head of the classroom"
    Wall maps of the United States and the world (ideally hanging at the head of the classroom).
    A banner above the black board at the head of the classroom reads, Wanted: Inquiring Minds.

    paco
    Paco2004
    My dictionary (OED) suggests "in the front of X" is an archaic version of "in front of" used up to the middle of 19th century. It says both mean "at a position where one can face X". This means the position is outside of X.

    As to Teo's sentences, I think "in (the) front of the classroom" should be "at the head of the classroom"
    Wall maps of the United States and the world (ideally hanging at the head of the classroom).
    A banner above the black board at the head of the classroom reads, Wanted: Inquiring Minds.


    I'm a bit confused by that OED statement. Here's a quite typical example where the phrase cannot be replaced either with at the head of or in front of:

    The fangs are in the front of the mouth rather than the rear.
    or,
    It was a slit in the front of a skirt.
    or,
    A teenaged boy and girl are seated in the front of an open, yellow roadster convertible.








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    A teenaged boy and girl are seated in the front of an open, yellow roadster convertible.

    in (the) front: in the part of a car where the driver and the controls are

    Macmillan English Dictionary

    For Advanced Learners of American English

    First published 2002
    DavkettI'm a bit confused by that OED statement. Here's a quite typical example where the phrase cannot be replaced either with at the head of or in front of:
    The fangs are in the front of the mouth rather than the rear.
    or,
    It was a slit in the front of a skirt.
    or,
    A teenaged boy and girl are seated in the front of an open, yellow roadster convertible.
    I see. The OED also defines "front" itself as "foremost part". Your uses seems fit to this sense.

    paco
    TeoA teenaged boy and girl are seated in the front of an open, yellow roadster convertible.

    in (the) front: in the part of a car where the driver and the controls are

    Macmillan English Dictionary

    For Advanced Learners of American English

    First published 2002

    I'm unsure, Teo, as to the effect you want from your quotation.

    My point is that there is quite a different meaning between saying "a teenage boy and girl are seated in front of an open, yellow roadster convertible", and saying, " a teenage boy and girl are seated in the front of an open yellow roadster convertible". Only the second version places the teenagers inside the car.
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