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    Could you correct these two sentences?

    Hi teachers,
    Could you correct this sentence? 'He gets at home at ten o'clock'.
    I wouldn't use 'at' in the sentence. But if I am right, I don't know why.
    How about these ones? Are both correct?
    a) The English class lasts one hour and a half.
    b) The English class lasts one and a half hour.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by learning54; 03-Jun-2012 at 17:58.

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    Re: Could you correct this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi teachers,
    Could you correct this sentence? 'He gets at home at ten o'clock'.
    I wouldn't use 'at' in the sentence. But if I am right, I don't know why.

    Thanks in advance.
    You're right, simply because "to get home" is how we say it when we mean to arrive at the house where we live. It should be "He gets home at ten o'clock".

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    Re: Could you correct this sentence?

    Hi,
    Thank you for your help. I guess I was rewriting my post when you answered me.
    But we also say 'arrive home' without 'at', don't we?

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    Re: Could you correct this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi,
    Thank you for your help. I guess I was rewriting my post when you answered me.
    But we also say 'arrive home' without 'at', don't we?
    Yes, we don't use "at" with "home" unless we mean that someone is already inside their house, which doesn't work when the person is only just arriving. I think that is because "at home" is a recognised phrase meaning "inside the building where you live". The "at" doesn't quite work the same way it does prepositionally in, for example "He arrived at the hotel at ten o'clock".

    There are several locations which use the construction:

    He arrived at school at eleven o'clock.
    She arrived at work at eleven o'clock.
    They arrived home at eleven o'clock.

    If you replace "arrived" with "got", then you would get the following:

    He got to school at eleven o'clock.
    She got to work at eleven o'clock.
    They got home at eleven o'clock.

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    Re: Could you correct these two sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    How about these ones? Are both correct?
    a) The English class lasts one hour and a half.
    b) The English class lasts one and a half hour.
    a) is OK but sounds rather stilted with "one". I prefer "The English class lasts an hour and a half".
    b) is OK if you add an "s" to "hour". Because 90 minutes is longer than one hour, it becomes "one and a half hours".

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    Re: Could you correct this sentence?

    Hi,
    Thank you for your help.
    So, if I'm not mistaken, we should use "at" with "home" with the verb 'to be', which means only with 'stative verbs'. Right?
    E.g. She arrives home. She gets home. But, 'She is at home'.I
    In other words, we do not need a preposition with 'home' when it is used with any verb referring to direction, do we?
    Last edited by learning54; 03-Jun-2012 at 18:27.

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