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    knock on/at

    hi

    Is there any difference between knock at the door and knock on the door?
    if yes would you please make the difference clear for me?


    thank you in advance

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    Re: knock on/at

    Quote Originally Posted by rosa87 View Post
    hi

    Is there any difference between knock at the door and knock on the door?
    if yes would you please make the difference clear for me?


    thank you in advance
    I would say that there is no real difference between the two.

    "Knock at" suggests that you are knocking whilst stood at the door.

    "knock on" suggests that you are knocking on the piece of wood that is the door.

    The end result is the same in both cases.

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    Re: knock on/at

    Hi,
    AFAIK, at -British English
    on -AmE

    Cheers

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    Re: knock on/at

    Quote Originally Posted by rosa87 View Post
    hi

    Is there any difference between knock at the door and knock on the door?
    if yes would you please make the difference clear for me?


    thank you in advance
    I agree with Humble.
    Am.on
    Br.at
    ıt is as the difference between 'on the corner in Am.English and at the corner in Br.English'.
    I hope this helps.

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    Re: knock on/at

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    AFAIK, at -British English
    on -AmE

    Cheers
    I am British and I would use both "on" and "at" indiscriminately.

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    Re: knock on/at

    I have always heard "knocking on the door" used to mean physically hitting the door, but "knocking at the door" is hitting the door specifically to be let in, because you are waiting at the door. So if you were hitting the door while putting nails in it or just to make sounds, you would be knocking on the door but not at the door.

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