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    I was home at 2 a.m.

    If I got home at 2 a.m last night, is it possible to say 'I was home at 2 a.m last night'?

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    Re: I was home at 2 a.m.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    If I got home at 2 a.m last night, is it possible to say 'I was home at 2 a.m last night'?
    Had you entered the front door yet?

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    Re: I was home at 2 a.m.

    Yes, but they have different meanings. The first implies that you were not home before you got home. The second is just a statement of fact. Also, while many people would say "last night" to include 2 AM, it was technically "this morning".

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    Re: I was home at 2 a.m.

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    Had you entered the front door yet?
    Yes, I had.

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    #6

    Re: I was home at 2 a.m.

    Are you trying to create an alibi, Winwin?
    What did you do?

    (Edit) Bhai said "when reaching home, we can say 'We are home"
    Oh, I see.

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    Re: I was home at 2 a.m.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Yes, I had.
    Then I suggest that you were at home at 2am, and that you had reached home slightly prior to 2am.
    In what context do want to use these phrases? For forensic reasons, you will not get off by claiming that you could not have killed someone in the house at 2am because you weren't at home then - because you had just reached home at 1.59am and hadn't yet entered the house.
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    Re: I was home at 2 a.m.

    I don't think the statement turns on whether the speaker went through the door. Had the speaker sat on the porch and had a cigarette or puttered in the garage, he/she would still have been home.

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    #9

    Re: I was home at 2 a.m.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Had you entered the front door yet?
    I am not a teacher

    You mean home limits only to the building inside which we eat, sleep, bathe, etc.,the area outside the building but within the bounbary wall is not part of home.

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    Re: I was home at 2 a.m.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Chan View Post
    I am not a teacher

    You mean home limits only to the building inside which we eat, sleep, bathe, etc.,the area outside the building but within the bounbary wall is not part of home.
    It varies. I can only speak from Australian experience. For a free-standing house and yard, 'home' would include the yard - anything inside the fence. In a block of apartments, you could possibly be half-way up the stairs and not be home yet.
    But this is all hypothetical. We don't know how the concepts of time and place are to be practically applied. A certain application might need a specialist definition.

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