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Hello. Is there any difference between them?

For example,

1. In the restarurant. Let's sit ( ) the window.

2. On a picnic. Shall we have a rest? Let's sit ( ) the window.

3. Who is the boy standing ( ) the window?

Thank you.
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Can't see any difference, maybe the curtains are drawn!
at: location
by: location, with an accent on adjacency
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Thanks MH makes it crystal clear
Following on if I may, would I be right to suggest this:
at the top = location
on the top = location, with accent on contact with the surface?
Trying to compare - 'on the top of the mountain' with 'at the top of the mountain'.
Thanks in advance
Yes:
on the top = location, with accent on contact with the topmost/highest surface
Superb - thanks very much
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better:
on the top = location, with accent on contact with the topmost/highest surface, and being above it
Thanks again
I think "by the window" suggests the person is just near the window, while "at the window" suggests the person

is near the window to do something.

Is that right?

So at the restaurant, "Let's sit at the window" and on a picnic, "Let's sit by the tree."

"A boy is standing by the tree." means he is just standing by the tree.

"A boy is standing at the tree." means he is doing something at the tree.

What do you think about this?

Thank you.
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