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    Smile at least V.S. at the least

    Dear all,
    What is the difference between "at least" and "at the least"?

    Also, is "at the least" the same to "at the very least"?

    Could you give me some examples for these three adverbs? Thank you very much and look foward to your answers. ^^

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    Exclamation Re: at least V.S. at the least

    The meaning of all the three phrases is more or less the same but they have specific usage to express different meanings: as:-
    At least: If nothing else/more exactly - The car was damaged, but at least no one was hurt.
    At the least: Not less than - used with a particular amount of measure - : At the least, the room is 30 feet long.
    At the very least: Not less than - The repair will cost $100 at the very least.


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