[Vocabulary] adjudicate (at) the next singing contest

ansonguy

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According to the online dictionary www.freedictionary.com, one of the definitions of the verb "to adjudicate" is to act as a judge of a contest.

I have written two similar sentences below.

(1) John Brown is invited to adjudicate the next singing contest.

(2) John Brown is invited to adjudicate at the next singing contest.

Some of my native English speaking friends think the preposition "at" is not required. However, others think you need it. What is your opinion? Thanks a lot.
 
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Deleted with apologies. I had no idea a singing contest was so important. :roll: Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go and adjudicate the pickles at the county fair. ;-)
 
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Both are possible.
To me, "adjudicate the next singing contest" suggests he will be the only (or the main) adjudicator at that event; whereas "adjudicate at the next singing contest" suggests he will be one of a group of adjudicators there.
 
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