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I need advice on using preposition of time ("AT", "IN"). Usually for the years we are supposed to use the "IN" preposition. But can somebody explain why we use "AT" for these sentences quoted from internet:
- Let's start at 1980 to narrow the field a bit - that made the theatrical experience more than worth the price of admission.
- Looking back at 1980..
Thanks for your help and attention.
So if I may rephrase it: the sentences were used to refer to the entire year, thus it is more appropriate to use "AT".
Thanks for your explanation.
Think of the sentence, "The train leaves at 5 p.m."
'at' expresses a single point in time.
Looking at Maldovian-American international relations:
So- "Let's start at 1980 to narrow the field a bit" refers to a single point in time, like condensing the whole year into a dot.
"Let's start at 1980 to narrow the field a bit, the year Maldovia withdrew from the UN. Between 1980 and 1991, relations with Maldovia continued to deteriorate. Then, in 1992, - (that is, sometime within that year, some month, a particular unspecified day) - Maldovia launched an all-out attack on ..."
Last edited by s3thdy; 22-Nov-2009 at 22:22.
if I want to refer to the entire year, it is more appropriate to use "AT" than "IN"?
Be very careful here:
The answer to your question is "NO"... because by "entire year", you seem to be referring to something that happened within the time period of that year.
'at' refers to a single point in time.
Let's keep going here - I don't think we've explained it enough to you.
Last edited by Excalibur; 23-Nov-2009 at 00:09.