Today, I’ll teach you words that can be used in speaking every day English, however, they should be avoided in writing for school assignments. Notice the differences so that you use them the right way.
Avoid using at with about. Simply eliminate at or about.
LESS ACCEPTABLE: The delegates arrived at about noon.
PREFERRED: The delegates arrived at noon.
The class starts at 6 p.m.
We left home about 4:30 a.m.
We left home at about 4:30 a.m. (o.k. to use for speaking)
We went shopping for about 3 hours.
(We would never say, “We went shopping at 3 hours.”)
We went shopping about 2 p.m.
We went shopping at 2 p.m.
We went to church at 9:00 a.m.
We left for church about 8:40 a.m.
Notice that all of these have to do with time that you did something. Also, remember that ‘about’ means ‘near that time.’ ‘At’ means precisely ‘at’ that time.
That’s all for today.
Goodbye for now.
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