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    at that/the time


    Can I use "at that time" and "at the time" interchangeably?

    Can "at that time" refer also to future?

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    Re: at that/the time

    Hello G08,

    "At that time" can be used for the future; but it can't always replace "at the time".

    For instance:

    1. At the time that I first knew Miss X, I had just finished a long relationship with Miss Y.

    here, "at that time" would sound odd.

    2. It was at that time that I decided to become a nun.

    here, "at the time" would not be possible.

    However, often, "at that time" would simply be a more emphatic version of "at the time".

    All the best,


    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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