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    #1

    about preposition

    hello sir/madam
    can you tell me please what preposition apply with arrive:?

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    #2

    Re: about preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by ks.maan View Post
    Hello sir/madam
    Can you tell me please what preposition applies with arrive?
    There is more than one possibility, depending on context.

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    #3

    Re: about preposition

    Here are several possibilities:

    I arrived at seven o'clock.
    He arrived at Heathrow Airport.
    You arrived before me.
    I arrived after you.

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    #4

    Re: about preposition

    Also,
    "I arrived on time."
    "I arrived in time."

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    #5

    Re: about preposition

    One thing you might hear is "arrive to + place". Note that in BrE, this is not standard. From what I see from an American friend's blog, it appears to be acceptable in AmE.

    For example: "My arrival to Thailand...", "He arrived to school..."

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    #6

    Re: about preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    One thing you might hear is "arrive to + place". Note that in BrE, this is not standard. From what I see from an American friend's blog, it appears to be acceptable in AmE.

    For example: "My arrival to Thailand...", "He arrived to school..."
    I consider that non-standard. I assume your friend is a native speaker, so it must be regional. I'd use "in" for the first and "at" for the second.

    It makes my ears hurt to hear that. Before I got to this post, I was going to write "Just don't say 'arrive to.'" I'll still say that. Most speakers will consider that incorrect.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: about preposition

    Instead of just 'liking' Barb_D's last post, I'll reiterate it.
    In AnyE, "arrive to" is not acceptable.
    John

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    Re: about preposition

    I think I have just fallen in love with AnyE as a new term!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #9

    Re: about preposition

    I like it- should we add it to the AmE, BrE underline feature?

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    #10

    Re: about preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I consider that non-standard. I assume your friend is a native speaker, so it must be regional. I'd use "in" for the first and "at" for the second.

    It makes my ears hurt to hear that. Before I got to this post, I was going to write "Just don't say 'arrive to.'" I'll still say that. Most speakers will consider that incorrect.
    I stand corrected. That's interesting - my American friend is a paid writer, published and her writing and blogs are picked up by a lot of companies and websites. She now writes pretty much full-time for a living and her latest piece is actually entitled "Arriving to Elephant Nature Park [Thailand]"

    I'm happy to hear it's non-standard, though, as it really grates when I do hear it.

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