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    Hi, Teachers.

    I just learned the phrase at/on sight. Now I am wondering which is/are grammatical, at sight of sth, at the sight of sth, on sight of sth, or on the sight of sth?

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia

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    Default Re: at/on (the) sight of sth

    at the sight of

    The meaning is the same as upon seeing something.



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    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Hi, Teachers.

    I just learned the phrase at/on sight. Now I am wondering which is/are grammatical, at sight of sth, at the sight of sth, on sight of sth, or on the sight of sth?

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia
    The collocation is "at sight" or "on sight" = immediately

    He recognised her kindness on sight
    They knew they would like Rome at sight
    On sight, we liked the restaurant

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    I am fallen in admiration from Anglika's answer at first sight
    Last edited by philadelphia; 11-Jun-2008 at 01:03. Reason: A typo

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    I am fallen in admiration from Anglika's answer at first sight

    Is 'at first sight' or 'at the first sight' grammatical?

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    Both are grammatical, in the correct context.

    At first sight, we could not believe the size of the Eiffel Tower

    At the first sight of the Eiffel tower, we were amazed.

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    I have never seen "at the first sight" using from native speakers. However, I would not say that "at the first sight" is wrong but rather that a reduction brought out towards "at first sight" - more commonly used.

    Knowing I am not sure and native speaker of English, wait and see from some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivemafille View Post
    at the sight of

    The meaning is the same as upon seeing something.

    Thanks!

    The numbers of google results are as follows:
    "at the sight of" 427,000;
    "on the sight of" 23,300;
    "at sight of" 14,900;
    "on sight of" 2,800.


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    There is no real way of using them. It profoundly depends on the context. Take a look at some:

    He was fallen in love at first sight.
    At first sight he seemed to be fallen in love.
    I lost sight of somebody/something.
    On the sight of that, I did another thing.
    Bear the sight of somebody.
    There is no end in sight.
    Keep it out of sight.
    I know somebody by sight.
    I can shoot at/on sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philadelphia View Post
    There is no real way of using them. It profoundly depends on the context. Take a look at some:

    He was fallen in love at first sight.
    At first sight he seemed to be fallen in love.
    I lost sight of somebody/something.
    On the sight of that, I did another thing.
    Bear the sight of somebody.
    There is no end in sight.
    Keep it out of sight.
    I know somebody by sight.
    I can shoot at/on sight.
    very helpful!

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