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Is it 'At that point of time ... " or "At the point in time ... ?
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Hi guys,

Many people who love English find 'at this/that point in time' an annoying and rather pompous phrase.

It can often be replaced by a simple word like 'then' or 'next'. If not, 'at that point' will often be all that is necessary.

Best wishes, Clive
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Definitely in, even if you find the other at educated sites:

173 from bbc.co.uk for "at that point in time"
9 from bbc.co.uk for "at that point of time"

111 from nytimes.com for "at that point in time"
10 from nytimes.com for "at that point of time"
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Yoong LiatIs it 'At that point of time ... " or "At that point in time ... ?
In the earlier post, I typed wrongly as " ... the ...in ..."

Thanks, Marius, for your reply.
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Hi guys,
I feel I have to take advantage of this post, since Marius "did it again" Emotion: stick out tongue
Marius HancuDefinitely in, even if you find the other at educated sites:
Marius, I've seen you use that expression many times, and I've always wondered: can a website be "educated"? Maybe "educated" could sometimes refer to a thing, not only to people, but I really can't figure out if that collocation is good...
People who write on those websites are pretty educated, so are those websites "educated"?
Thanks.
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KooyeenHi guys,
I feel I have to take advantage of this post, since Marius "did it again" Emotion: stick out tongue
Marius HancuDefinitely in, even if you find the other at educated sites:
I agree with you. "Educated sites" doesn't sound correct to me too.
Hi Clive

I agree with you 'at this/that point in time' is wordy.

'Then' or 'next'. If not, 'at that point' will often be all that is necessary. I would add "At that time" to the list.
hey dude both are fine
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Neither one is fine. "At this/that point in time" is just an unnecessary use of extra words by a person who is trying to sound more intelligent than he is.
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