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    #1

    At the time, = At that time?

    I saw the picture when I was young. At the time, I didn't realize how lovely he was.
    Later we were going to become good friends, though I didn't know it at the time.

    Can I rewrite the above sentences as follows?

    I saw the picture when I was young. At that time, I didn't realize how lovely he was.
    Later we were going to become good friends, though I didn't know it at that time.

    Someone tells me that 'at that time' is used by Americans but 'at the time' is used by British people. Is that true?:
    Last edited by sitifan; 26-Jun-2016 at 07:15.
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: At the time, = At that time?

    No, it isn't. 'At the time' is more common in both AE and BE.

    Click here, and then change the corpus search to American English.

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