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    to/for/at 5 o'clock

    Hello,

    I'm not sure which preposition I can use in the following context:

    I was in a hurry because I had invited guests to/for/at 5 o'clock.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: to/for/at 5 o'clock

    To state the time, the preposition is always 'at'.

    You can say: I had invited guests for dinner at 5 o'clock.
    I had invited guests to dinner at 5 o'clock.

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    Last edited by tedmc; 21-Oct-2014 at 05:15.

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    Re: to/for/at 5 o'clock

    I disagree with ted in this context. If you use "at" in that sentence, it would suggest that you made the invitation at 5 o'clock. If the invitation was before that time, but the occasion was at 5 o'clock, I would use "for". I invited guests for dinner at 5 o'clock.

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    Re: to/for/at 5 o'clock

    Is it OK to say 'I invited guests to dinner starting at 5 o'clock'?

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    Re: to/for/at 5 o'clock

    So in other words it's impossible to omit this: 'to/for dinner'? Cause otherwise the meaning is ambigiuous? That's what I thought. What if I hadn't invited them to dinner then what I should put before the "at 5 o'clock" phrase? I just wanted them to drop in.

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    Re: to/for/at 5 o'clock

    'I was in a hurry because I had invited guests who would come at 5 o'clock.'
    Is it OK?

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    Re: to/for/at 5 o'clock

    I would change "would come" to "are coming".

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    Re: to/for/at 5 o'clock

    You wouldn't tell people the time of invitation instead of the time of the dinner surely.

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    Re: to/for/at 5 o'clock

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    You wouldn't tell people the time of invitation instead of the time of the dinner surely.

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    There are some situations where you might do so. "I was in a hurry because I had invited guests for dinner at 5 o'clock; they said they would be able to come at 7."

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    Re: to/for/at 5 o'clock

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Is it OK to say 'I invited guests to dinner starting at 5 o'clock'?
    It's not wrong, but it doesn't sound very natural to me.

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