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    He moved to the USA in the 90s to further his studies.

    1. It was the best thing for him to do at that time.
    2. It was the best thing for him to do at the time.

    Can you use 'at the time' ?
    Maybe the second sentence is not correct.

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    Default Re: At the time

    They're both correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    They're both correct.
    Thank you

    For me, to say 'at that time' seems correct.
    To say 'at the time' is strange.

    It is fine to say 'at the time of the accident, he was drunkard.
    Maybe he met with an accident yesterday; it was drink driving.

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    Y​ou might think it sounds strange but I'm about to be the second native speaker to tell you that they are both correct.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Y​ou might think it sounds strange but I'm about to be the second native speaker to tell you that they are both correct.
    I'm the third.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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