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    Doubts on the use of "at the time" and "at that time"

    "It is not a surprise if some leaders privately considered it, because the situation was far from clear at that/the time."

    Is there any difference in the use of "at the time" and "at that time", or just the same?

    Any ideas, friends.

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    Re: Doubts on the use of "at the time" and "at that time"

    They express the same meaning:

    Post-modification: at the time (of the event).
    Pre-modification: at that (given) time; i.e., at the time of the event.
    => At what time? That requires a referent. What's the previous sentence (i.e.. ___________. It's not a surprise...)?

    Does that help?
    Last edited by Casiopea; 28-Jun-2007 at 12:10. Reason: typo: the = they

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    Re: Doubts on the use of "at the time" and "at that time"

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    The express the same meaning:

    Post-modification: at the time (of the event).
    Pre-modification: at that (given) time; i.e., at the time of the event.
    => At what time? That requires a referent. What's the previous sentence (i.e.. ___________. It's not a surprise...)?

    Does that help?
    Thanks.

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    Re: Doubts on the use of "at the time" and "at that time"

    You're welcome.

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