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What is the difference between the two? Should we say: I arrived in Lisbon or I arrived at Lisbon?
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Yes you are correct.

paco
I've heard this discussion many times and I have told my students about the at , in explanation but I was wondering if "arrive to" would also be correct. It's very common in American English.
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MyprofeI've heard this discussion many times and I have told my students about the at , in explanation but I was wondering if "arrive to" would also be correct. It's very common in American English.
I don't think it's very common. Can you give some examples?
Grammar GeekI don't think it's very common. Can you give some examples?

If you go to www.googlefight.com and compare "arrive to the party" with "arrive at the party" you will be surprised just how common "arrive to" is. Here's the link:

http://www.googlefight.com/index.php?lang=en_GB&word1=arrive+to+the+party&word2=arrive+at+the+party
I've never heard of that googlefight before - how interesting it is! But I'm not sure you used quotation marks when you ran your search. "Arrive to the party" actually got only 194 hits, and "arrive at the party" got 24,500.

A lot of "arrive to" hits show part of a following infinitivie - arrive to fix the sink, arrive to save the day, etc.

If you enter "arrive to the" as your critieria, you still get over half a million, but many appeared to be non-native-English sites. "arrive at the" shows over 18.5 million.

In any case, while "arrive to" does seem to show up, it's not common amoung native speakers and you're better off using "arrive at."
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I get 24700 hits for "arrive at the party" against 194 for "arrive to the party".

Think there must be something wrong with the google-fight-o-meter...

("Arrive to" is quite common in pre-20th century English, but "arrive at" is now the dominant form.)

MrP
I arrived in Lisbon
I arrived at the airport
arrive in is following by big place or general place.
arrive at is following by specific time/place and someone's home
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arrive in - for big places - but arrive at - for small places
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