Three players are enclosed)
the soccer field. (not
Two boxers are
the ring. (enclosed by ropes)
2. When the area has metaphorical instead of actual boundaries, such as when
She is a leading researcher
the bioengineering field.
3. Several common uses of
. The first two follow the general pattern of
usage. The third is an idiom that must be learned as a unit.
a) The children are playing
b) Our house is
c) He declared bankruptcy last week, and now he's .
(This is an idiom meaning that he's poor.)