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    at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral

    I am watching rocket launch at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. (The sentence was made by a Chinese.)

    There are two ats in the above sentence. Is it acceptable?
    Last edited by sitifan; 15-Feb-2016 at 20:34.
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    Re: at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral

    Yes, two "ats" are fine, but you need an article before "rocket launch."

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    Re: at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post

    There are two ats in the above sentence.
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    Hello, Sitifan:

    I was fascinated by the sentence that I have quoted above. (I like details.)

    Please look at this example from an "old" book:

    How many and's are there in this sentence?

    The book tells us to underline the word "and" (when we are writing with a pencil or pen).

    As you know, underlining takes the place of italics.

    So I guess that since we are writing on a computer, that "old" book would prefer something like this:

    There are two at's in the above sentence. (Use italics instead of boldface)



    Source: Warriner's English Grammar and Composition (1977), page 409.

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    Re: at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    I guess that since we are writing on a computer, that "old" book would prefer something like this:

    There are two at's in the above sentence. (Use italics instead of boldface).
    We would not use an apostrophe in ats (ats), the plural of at (at) in modern BrE. We would use it in, for example, "Most writers agree that at's (at's) primary meaning is ...".

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