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How to use "at"

Updated: Mar 1, 2023

How to Use At?

At is a preposition

Regularly we use “at” to talk about places like an airport, a train station, a bank, etc., and “in” to refer to a city or a country.

We use at” to indicate where something is located.

We use “at” when talking about time.

Using At to Answer a Question

example of using at

We use “at” to answer the location questions, for example:

  • Hey, Where are you?

  • Hi, Where are you?

  • Hello Jonathan, where are you?

And we answer…

  • I´m at…the place.

  • I´m at the library.

  • I´m at the gym.

Examples of how not to use “at” in a sentence

Don´t use “at” like this:

  • Incorrect: I am at the America.

Correct: I am in America

  • Incorrect: I am at the home.

Correct: I am at home.

Examples of How to use At Correctly

Here are some examples of using At:

At the supermarket

  • I left my phone at the park. (location)

  • Let's see who is at the pool at this time. (location)

  • We laughed at all of his jokes.

  • Martin is waiting at home (location)

  • My meeting is at 3 p.m. (time)

  • Somebody is at the door. (location)

at the gas station

Using “At” with time

Here are some examples of using at with time:

“At” a specific hour:

· My class is at 8 a.m.

· I ate some breakfast at 7 a.m. today.

“At” a specific time in the day:

· We spoke at breakfast.

· I am going to see her at lunchtime.

Using “At” with Time Expressions:

· At noon

· At night

· At the same time


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