One of my students was telling about a trip her daughter will take to America this summer. I asked her where she will stay and we practiced using some English prepositions.
My daughter is going to New York next week. She will stay with a friend at her family home so I’m not worried.
(We stay WITH people, AT a place)
A: “When you visit Canada will you stay with your parents?”
B: “Their new house is quite small so I’ll stay at a hotel this time.”
1 meaning for with is – in the company of someone
“She will stay with a friend.”
1 meaning for at is – where something happens
“She will stay at a beachside hotel.”
Staying with friends and relatives is cheaper than staying at a hotel. Air BnB is a place to find private homes that rent out spare rooms for a lower price than a hotel. For this example, we will use the preposition at because the homeowners are not friends or family. This is still a business activity, it’s just at a private house.
I used Air BnB when I went to Seattle, I stayed at a retired couple’s house for 3 days. The room was very nice.
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