At (preposición de tiempo)

 

En esta lección vamos a analizar su uso como preposición de tiempo.

La preposición “At” se utiliza para expresar un tiempo exacto / preciso.

1.- Con horas:

At 5 o´clock

At quarter to four

At 3:25 p.m.

...

Ejemplos:

I met my friend at 5 o´clock

I came to my office at 8 o´clock

The exam will start at 6 o´clock

I will be there at 9 p.m.

My friend will be there exactly at 6:15 p.m.

The conference starts at five

The train leaves at 3:45

Mary said she would arrive at quarter to three

 

2.- Momentos concretos del día:

At noon

At sunrise (al amanecer)

At sunset (al atardecer)

At night

At midday

At midnight

Ejemplos:

The moon shines at night

The accident happened at noon

I don’t like studying at night

I left my office at noon

It is dangerous to walk on this city at night

From here there is a spectacular view at sunrise

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At_3

At sunset there is a wonderful view of the lighthouse

 

ATENCIÓN

Sin embargo NO se utiliza la preposición “At” sino la preposición “In” en las expresiones:

In the morning

In the afternoon

In the evening

Tampoco se utiliza “at” delante de “day”; se suele decir “during the day”

 

3.- Horas de comidas:

At dinnertime

At breakfast

At lunch

At dinner

...

Ejemplos:

We can discuss this matter at dinnertime

I really like to read the newspaper at breakfast

I do my homework at lunch

 

4.- Con fiestas, vacaciones:

At Christmas

At Easter

At New Year

At the weekend (en inglés americano se dice “on the weekend”)

Ejemplos:

I visited my parents at the weekend

I will go to Madrid at Christmas

We normally go to the beach at Easter

We are going to the beach at the weekend

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At_6

At Easter my family used to go to the beach

 

5.- Con expresiones temporales:

At first

At last

At the moment

At the same time

At present

At the age of (a veces se simplifica: At the age of 67 = At 67)

At the end of

Ejemplos:

Peter and my bother went to the supermarket at the same time

I can´t help you at present. Please call me later

I won my first title at the age of 14 (se puede decir: I won my first title at 14)

I’ll pay you at the end of the week

At the moment I´m working in the garden

I cannot do two things at the same time

At last I understood the problem

At first I didn´t like her too much

I’ll finish the school at the end of June

 

Observaciones

No se utilizan las preposiciones de tiempo “at / on / in” delante de “every / last / next / this / yesterday / tomorrow…”:

What do you do at the weekend?

What did you do last weekend?

Otros ejemplos:

I watched that program last night

We visited Paris last Christmas

We could meet again next weekend

She came home yesterday night

I visit my parents every Easter
 

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