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    be home vs be at home

    Is it possible to say both I am at home and I am home (without a preposition)? What is the difference in meaning?

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    Re: be home vs be at home

    I'm not a teacher. I think this first sentence "I am at home" sounds pretty good and it's correct, but second one without a preposition is incorrect and I want to repeat that I'm not a teacher, but I think that "at" preposition shows us a "point" I hope you understood what I tried to express =)

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    Re: be home vs be at home

    Quote Originally Posted by JustAlilBit View Post
    I'm not a teacher. I think this first sentence "I am at home" sounds pretty good and it's correct, but second one without a preposition is incorrect and I want to repeat that I'm not a teacher, but I think that "at" preposition shows us a "point" I hope you understood what I tried to express =)
    What about "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (the name of a Christmas song recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby)?

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    Re: be home vs be at home

    Quote Originally Posted by sergeyrais View Post
    What about "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (the name of a Christmas song recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby)?
    As far as I am aware it's common to drop the preposition in AmE.

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    Re: be home vs be at home

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Quote Originally Posted by JustAlilBit View Post
    I'm not a teacher. I think this first sentence "I am at home" sounds pretty good and it's correct, but second one without a preposition is incorrect and I want to repeat that I'm not a teacher, but I think that "at" preposition shows us a "point" I hope you understood what I tried to express =)
    No, 'I'm home' is fine. Here's how I would use it:

    I would only use "I'm home" when you actually arrive home, walk through the front door and shout "I'm home" to other people in the house whom you cannot see.
    (http://forum.wordreference.com/showt...13#post1338113)

    There are many threads on this topic:

    forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=1591362
    forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=214399
    forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=1204387

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    Re: be home vs be at home

    There is a slight difference in meaning and, as always, it can depend on context.

    A: Where are you?
    B: I'm at home. Where are you?
    A: I'm still on the train. I'll be home in about 20 minutes.

    With "I'm home" as an exclamation to other people in the house, you are not telling them your location ("I'm at home") - that would be pointless. You're shouting "I'm back" or "I've arrived" to let them know you are in the same house as them.

    When I drive back to my house late at night from my mum's house, she always asks me to let her know that I got back safely, so when I arrive at my house, I text her "OK. I'm home. Chat soon." I wouldn't put "I'm at home". Again "I'm home" simply means "I've arrived".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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