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    One of the uses of the preposition 'at' is for showing instability.
    Ex1. I was standing at the door.
    Ex2. I was standing at this level.
    Ex3. I was standing at the station.
    I think 'at' here means 'for a short time.' Am I right?
    Or it may mean 'I was to lose my control and fall'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    One of the uses of the preposition 'at' is for showing instability.
    Ex1. I was standing at the door.
    Ex2. I was standing at this level.
    Ex3. I was standing at the station.
    I think 'at' here means 'for a short time.' Am I right?
    Or it may mean 'I was to lose my control and fall'?
    Thanks,
    a
    It doesn't indicate instability in any of your examples. There is no indication of length of time either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It doesn't indicate instability in any of your examples. There is no indication of length of time either.
    Would you please write some examples in which 'at' is used to show instability if totally you accepted the thought of this use?
    Thanks,
    Last edited by atabitaraf; 21-Nov-2012 at 12:17. Reason: disability to instability, written first by error

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    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    Would you please write some examples in which 'at' is used to show disability if totally you accepted the thought of this use?
    Thanks,
    I don't accept that "at" is used to show either disability or instability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    Would you please write some examples in which 'at' is used to show disability if totally you accepted the thought of this use?
    Thanks,
    I don't accept the thought of this use.

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    #6

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    One of the uses of the preposition 'at' is for showing instability.
    Wherever did you get that idea from?

    There's no instability about soldiers standing at attention.

    In your sentences 'at' is only a preposition of place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Wherever did you get that idea from?

    Rover
    I got the idea from one of my previous English teachers' handnote which is as follows:
    About the preposition 'at,' where to use it:
    1. Speed: He was driving at a very high speed.
    2. Exact time: I’ll be there at 2:30.
    3. Parts of day: at noon, at night, at midnight, at sunrise, at sunset.
    4. To give your address: I live at number 22.
    5. Instability: I was standing at the station.
    6. It shows insultation: I threw the pen at you.
    7. With some expressions: at once, at present, at the moment, etc.
    Last edited by atabitaraf; 21-Nov-2012 at 12:43.

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    #8

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    #5 is wrong. It only says where you were standing.

    #6 –Insultation is a word your teacher made up. You threw the pen towards me.

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    #5 is just wrong. In point #6, it's the context, not the pronoun that may suggest the speaker's feeling. The word 'insultation' does not exist.

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