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Would like to ask the difference between:
Betty, at her prime, is better than anyone else.
Betty, at her prime, is better than everyone else.
which one is correct / more commonly used? Thanks.
I tried to look for both phrases in Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)
the results are:
better than anyone else: 211 phrases found
better than everyone else: 36 phrases found
So possibly both of them are correct, do they have different meaning?
The second question arise: why should we use "in" instead of "at"? Would you provide more explanation? If she hasn't passed her prime, what would we use then?
Prime refers to a specific period of life like youth, teens when you link these words with a noun or pronoun in a sentence, you use ‘in’
This man, even in his youth, showed great potential.
He played a lot tennis, when he was in early teens
There is a website in the form of a question as:
Mike Tyson in his prime VS Muhammad Ali in his prime, who would win.
Actually i am hoping for a formula for me to use "IN" or "AT" and actually haven't really quite found the answer, especially now with this "IN" or "AT" her prime.
You can see the discussion in the thread which you probably may help me to understand:
Last edited by s3thdy; 29-Nov-2009 at 12:16.
Points of time (at) The class will end at eight o'clock
Period (in) I was born in the year 1990.(period is from 1st Jan to 31st Dec)
reference to days (on) I was born on the 15th Feb 1990.
Prime, youth and teens are periods and not points of time in one's life.
Last edited by sarat_106; 29-Nov-2009 at 15:21.