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    Default "what time" or "at what time"?

    Hello,

    which of the two following question is the correct one?

    What time are you leaving?
    At what time are you leaving?

    I don't understand the difference between "what" and "at what".

    Can you help me?


    Thanks,
    Massimo

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    Default Re: "what time" or "at what time"?

    They're the same. The difference, at is omitted in [1]:

    [1] What time are you leaving (at)?
    [2] At what time are you leaving?
    There's a Latin rule borrowed into English that states, one should never end a sentence with a preposition. The result, some speakers move the preposition to the front of the clause ([2]), other speakers omit (1), and yet other speakers just leave it where it is. The result, three ways to say the same thing:

    Statement: I am leaving at 4 p.m.

    Questions:
    What time are you leaving at?
    At what time are you leaving?
    What time are you leaving?
    Does that help?

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    Default Re: "what time" or "at what time"?

    Thanks a lot!

    Really useful.

    I think i will ask you many more questions :)

    Massimo

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    Default Re: "what time" or "at what time"?

    Massimo, you're most welcome.

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    Default Re: "what time" or "at what time"?

    Is it correct for any sentences or is it just a collocation?

    What are you looking for?
    Can I omit for here? But it is a phrasal verb.

    Michael

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    Default Re: "what time" or "at what time"?

    Phrasal verbs are different.

    Ex: What are you looking for?
    Ex: For what are you looking?
    Ex: What are you looking?

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