What is the difference between arbeiten in, … aus and … bei? Even if it seems that the second one means ‘from’ and the first one ‘at’ (from wordreference.com), when I wrote:

“Ich arbeite in der Uni.”

“Ich arbeite aus die der Uni.”

“Ich arbeite bei der Uni.”

It seems to be the same for it according to the messy translate.google.com and languagetool.org.

  • Why do you think that these two mean they same? The second is just wrong.
    – Carsten S
    Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 19:14
  • translate.google and languagetool.org told me... Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 19:20
  • Google gets most related simple sentences absolutely right. What exactly did you try to translate and where exactly did the translators fail you? I put some links into the question to show what I think you might have been doing – but I can’t make sense out of it, because I see no problem (except with wordreference.com maybe).
    – Crissov
    Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 20:30
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    Of course, automatic translation is garbage in — something out.
    – Carsten S
    Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 20:35
  • Ich arbeite in Berlin aus Spaß an der Freude bei der Humbold-Uni. Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 0:36

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in der Uni - would mean inside (location).
aus die Uni - is incorrect.
bei der Uni - doesn't sound natural.

I work at the University. (Correct)
Ich arbeite an der Uni.

You would use bei if you are talking about a company.
Ich arbeite bei einer Firma.

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    Ich arbeite bei einer Firma. Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 20:22
  • Welcome to the German Language StackExchange. If you want, you can take the tour, or take a look at the help center. Have a nice day! Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 20:22
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    Bei der Uni is perfectly fine, to express the fact, that your office is near the university, but one does not work for the university itself.
    – guidot
    Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 7:53

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