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blacknomi

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Hello,
I wrote a sentence as "I was embarrassed at the moment while her father kept calling me BIG hair." My English teacher corrected my sentence as "I was embarrassed in the moment while her father kept calling me BIG hair." I tried to compare this one to the other sentence as "My life is just too busy at the moment." I can't tell the exactly difference between the two examples.

Here is my comprehension:
"at the moment" refers to a period of time whereas "in the moment" refers to a point in a period of time. Am i correct?
 

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I don't like either. I'd would leave the phrase out- it clashes with 'while'.

At the moment = now
In a moment = soon
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blacknomi said:
Hello,
I wrote a sentence as "I was embarrassed at the moment while her father kept calling me BIG hair." My English teacher corrected my sentence as "I was embarrassed in the moment while her father kept calling me BIG hair." I tried to compare this one to the other sentence as "My life is just too busy at the moment." I can't tell the exactly difference between the two examples.

Here is my comprehension:
"at the moment" refers to a period of time whereas "in the moment" refers to a point in a period of time. Am i correct?

I have only heard "in the moment" in the context of an actor being focused on his role. I disagree with your teacher there. I also agree with TDOL, that "while" is incorrect there in that combination.

I was embarrassed when her father called me "Big Hair".

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Send your teacher to this forum.

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blacknomi said:
Thanks a million. Tea-DOL

Perfect pronunciation there. :lol:
 

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blacknomi said:
I don't think he has English learning problems.
But
He has sleeping problems. Does this forum offer any help?

LOL!
A gallon of coffee with every thousand posts.;-)
 

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blacknomi said:
RonBee said:
Send your teacher to this forum.

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I don't think he has English learning problems.
But
He has sleeping problems. Does this forum offer any help?

LOL!

It probably woudn't help him with his insomnia, but he could post questions on the forum. He might even get into debates. Rather than help him get to sleep, it would keep him awake.

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Where's my coffee, Tdol? You owe me six gallons. Columbian.

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Milk? Sugar? ;-)
 

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I take my coffee black, thank you.

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So do I.;-) I'll put the kettle on.
 

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MikeNewYork said:
blacknomi said:
Hello,
I wrote a sentence as "I was embarrassed at the moment while her father kept calling me BIG hair." My English teacher corrected my sentence as "I was embarrassed in the moment while her father kept calling me BIG hair." I tried to compare this one to the other sentence as "My life is just too busy at the moment." I can't tell the exactly difference between the two examples.

Here is my comprehension:
"at the moment" refers to a period of time whereas "in the moment" refers to a point in a period of time. Am i correct?

I have only heard "in the moment" in the context of an actor being focused on his role. I disagree with your teacher there. I also agree with TDOL, that "while" is incorrect there in that combination.

I was embarrassed when her father called me "Big Hair".

:wink:


Hi agian,
I've invited my English teacher to come to this forum. He disagreed and he would like to defend his point.



Firstly, my original sentence was "I was embarrassed in the moment while her father kept calling me BIG hair" . Later on, TDOL mentioned two phrases, one of them was "in a moment" which doesn't fit the context here properly. My teacher also mentioned that the idea of replacing in the moment with in a moment will change the meaning.
For example,
When I saw the two find each other, I was caught up in the moment. I cried with joy.
==> "in the moment" means the experience, it doesn't really mean time. It means the whole experience, all the emotions, etc. Does that make sense? Therefore, he'd like to correct my sentence as "I was embarrassed in the moment......"


Secondly, TDOL and Mike suggested me completely delete the whole idea about the moment. I agree with you as it clashes with 'while'. It's better rewrite my whole sentence as in Mike's reply. But my teacher said he just tried to keep as close to the original idea that I wrote.


I was trying to collect advises as many as possible to help build better undestanding of English. I hope it helps me. :lol: :wink:
 
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