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    if the first game is away, your last is at home

    He added: ‘Normally if the first game is away, your last is at home but we're away both times, which is a bit strange, but there you go.’

    What does the clause in red mean in the above sentence?
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    Re: if the first game is away, your last is at home

    Sports teams play their matches either at home (at their own ground) or away (at the opposing team's ground).

    If a team plays the first game of the season away (in their opponent's town), usually the last match of the season will be played at home (in their own town).
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 29-Aug-2015 at 09:03. Reason: Fixed typo
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    Re: if the first game is away, your last is at home

    In sport, games between teams are played either "home" or "away". "Home" means that a team will be playing at their own sports ground or stadium, and "away" means that a team will be visiting another team's stadium or pitch to play the game.

    In this context, "first" and "last" refer to the first and last games of the season for that sport.

    The speaker is saying that usually the first game of the season is played at a team's home stadium, and the last game of that season is played at another team's venue. Therefore, they are saying that it is odd that the team they support are playing at another team's stadium, both at the start and end of that particular sporting season.

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    Re: if the first game is away, your last is at home

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Sports teams play their matches either at home (at their own ground) or away (at the opposing team's ground).

    If a team plays the first game of the season at away (in their opponent's town), usually the last match of the season will be played at home (in their own town).
    Is the preposition at in the phrase at away necessary?
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    Re: if the first game is away, your last is at home

    I would not use "at" before "away".

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    Re: if the first game is away, your last is at home

    The 'at before 'home' is not essential; it is incorrect before 'away'.

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    Re: if the first game is away, your last is at home

    I would use the "at" before "home".

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    Re: if the first game is away, your last is at home

    Apologies all, it was a typo. I've removed the erroneous "at" before "away". I had started writing something else and then changed my mind but forgot to remove "at".

    To clarify, in BrE, sports teams play matches "at home" or "away".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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