Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. keannu's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Dec 2010
    • Posts: 5,226
    #1

    in front of

    A question in my grammar book has a picture of someone turning a door-knob and it is described as below. I learned here that the difference between "at the door" and "by the door" is that the former is about "be about to enter the door", while the latter "just close to the door".
    Someone answered like "in front of" instead of "at", so is it also correct?

    154)Tom is standing at the door.(in front of?)

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • New Zealand
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Nov 2010
    • Posts: 2,013
    #2

    Re: in front of

    not a teacher

    A question in my grammar book has a picture of someone turning a door-knob and it is described as below. I learned here that the difference between "at the door" and "by the door" is that the former is about "be about to enter the door", while the latter "just close to the door".
    Someone answered like "in front of" instead of "at", so is it also correct?
    154)Tom is standing at the door.(in front of?)


    The phrase "at the door" does not necessarily imply that the person is about to enter the door.
    For example, you can stand "at the door" in order to listen, knock or think about knocking, or you can stand "at the open door" to look inside or talk to someone inside, and then leave without entering.

    If the picture shows a person turning the door-knob, then they are certainly "at/in front of the door" and probably about to open it, so a fuller description of this situation would be, "Tom is (standing) at the door and about to open it".

Similar Threads

  1. Before / In front of
    By ratóncolorao in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-Nov-2012, 15:45
  2. right up front
    By keannu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 25-Sep-2012, 07:55
  3. [Idiom] see beyond the front
    By yuriya in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 17-Jun-2010, 04:48
  4. [Grammar] In front of & at the front of
    By Open-minded in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-Mar-2009, 18:19
  5. in front at front
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-Jun-2008, 21:06

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •