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    which preposition be correct?

    Teachers,

    When someone called you on your cell phone, and if it was an inconvenient time for you:
    You caught me on a bad time.
    You caught me at a bad time.
    You caught me in a bad time.
    [on/at/in], which preposition is correct to use?

    Thank you


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    Re: which preposition be correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by bouji View Post
    Teachers,

    When someone called you on your cell phone, and if it was an inconvenient time for you:
    You caught me on a bad time.
    You caught me at a bad time.
    You caught me in a bad time.
    [on/at/in], which preposition is correct to use?

    Thank you
    'at', Bouji, and here's a situation where the present perfect might well be used.

    You've caught me at a bad time.


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    Re: which preposition be correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    'at', Bouji, and here's a situation where the present perfect might well be used.

    You've caught me at a bad time.
    Now I must ask you the same question here.
    You caught me at a bad time.
    You've caught me at a bad time.
    Which is more grammatical.? Or which is more commonly used in speaking?
    Thank you. I appreciate your help.


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    Re: which preposition be correct?

    which preposition [be] is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by bouji View Post
    Now I must ask you the same question here.
    You caught me at a bad time.
    You've caught me at a bad time.
    Which is more grammatical.? Or which is more commonly used in speaking?
    Thank you. I appreciate your help.
    Both are fully grammatical, both are in common use in NaE. It's simply a matter of speaker choice. The present perfect adds importance, makes it seem more formal; you should be able to see that this allows for a speaker to choose the feeling they want.

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