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Hi guys,

I have a problem understanding the difference between the following sentences:

A)

1- I bought a new car.

2- I bought this car new.

Is New treated as an adjective in both of the above?

Is there a difference in meaning? Does the 2nd emphasize the fact the the car is new?

B)

Where is Jim?

1- He is by the door.

2-He is at the door.

Which on is correct?

C)

1- My brother is in school?

2- My brother is at the school?

what is the difference?

Thnaks in advance
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Mr.elegetA)

1- I bought a new car.

2- I bought this car new.
1 can be said whether the car is nearby or not.
To say 2 you need this car near you to point to. You might even be inside the car. In any case, it must be clear to your listener which car you are talking about.
1 is said when you have just bought the car. It is new now.
2 can be said even after the car is very old. You're saying that when you bought it, it was new. You didn't buy a used car when you bought it.

CJ
Mr.elegetWhere is Jim?

1- He is by the door.

2-He is at the door.
by the door = near the door, either on the inside or on the outside.
at the door = outside the door, knocking on the door or ringing the bell as a way of asking someone to come to the door and open it.

CJ
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A
1) Means you just bought a car (maybe it's new maybe it's not, but it's new to you).
2) The car might be ten years old, but when you bought it, it was new.

B
1) Jim is near the door.
2) Jim has just arrived.

C
Both can mean he is in the school building. And both can mean he goes to school (habital action).
Mr.elegetC)

1- My brother is in school?

2- My brother is at the school?

what is the difference?
See In school, at school.

CJ
Thanks a lot CJ

You made it really clear. Now I got the difference.

Thank you
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hello Huevos

thanks a lot for your reply. iappreciate your help. I do now understand what the difference is

ME