The 'prison' groupThese nouns refer to places.
This use is very productive. It occurs with names of places, for example in Britain, and noun groups referring to places of many kinds, for example in the capital, in the kitchen, and in my car. We list below nouns which are very often used with this pattern.
in bed in church in college in court in digs in dock in grade school in high school in hospital in intensive care in jail in kennels in kindergarten in mid-air in port in prison in school in town in the air in the country in the dry in the open in the wild in ... surroundings
People spending the night in the open built campfires for warmth.
They each face up to 50 years in prison if convicted on both charges.
The hotel is a lovely country villa in beautiful surroundings some 4 kilometres from Gubbio itself.
They are in town for next week's Market.
All these nouns except dry also have the pattern into N.
Daniel got into bed, but he couldn't sleep.
Mr Bedington said the animals were in a satisfactory condition and were due to be released back into the wild today.