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    sir/madam,

    happy to join usingenglish.com forum. My doubt is whether we can use 'at the time of' for 'during the days of' as the following.

    slavery was very common during the days of Abraham Lincoln.

    slavery was very common at the time of Abraham Lincoln.

    Which is correct? Why? please help me.

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    Re: difference

    Both sound awkward. What about?

    Ex: Slavery was very common in Abraham Lincoln's time.

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    Re: difference

    Quote Originally Posted by gireeshmc View Post
    sir/madam,

    happy to join usingenglish.com forum. My doubt is whether we can use 'at the time of' for 'during the days of' as the following.

    slavery was very common during the days of Abraham Lincoln.

    slavery was very common at the time of Abraham Lincoln.

    Which is correct? Why? please help me.
    I don't see any mistake. There really exist native speakeres who think so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    I don't see any mistake. There really exist native speakeres who think so.
    Do you mean, not counting me?

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    Re: difference

    Quote Originally Posted by gireeshmc View Post
    My doubt (question) is whether we can use 'at the time of' for 'during the days of' as in the following.

    Slavery was very common during the days of Abraham Lincoln.

    Slavery was very common at the time of Abraham Lincoln.

    Which is correct? Why? please help me.
    They are not necessarily wrong (as Harry Smith said), but you can do better (as Cas said).

    Welcome!

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    Re: difference

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Do you mean, not counting me?
    Yes, if you are a native speaker.

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