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1. I have sometimes hard time trying to figure out if I have to put the "at" or not when specifying a time. Do you think you can help me? What is the "at" grammatically? a prep? then, in the case of the first sentence, wouldn't there be two prepositions?

It's on my way home so I will drop it off at around 7 p.m..

I will be home around 7 p.m..

Also, do I need to have two periods in the case where a period is needed internally like the times shown in color?

2. I have a sentence from the HIT and want you to tell me why the writer did not place an article in front of the phrase "absolute ruler"?

The main Nepali political parties vowed that they would continue to hold rallies until King Gyanendra steps down as absolute ruler, powers he seized nearly a year ago.
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Hi,

1. I have sometimes hard time trying to figure out if I have to put the "at" or not when specifying a time. Generally speaking, yes. But it can be omitted often, eg I'll be home 8pm. Do you think you can help me? What is the "at" grammatically? a prep? Yes then, in the case of the first sentence, wouldn't there be two prepositions? That's OK

It's on my way home so I will drop it off at around 7 p.m..

I will be home around 7 p.m..It's OK to omit 'at' here.

Also, do I need to have two periods in the case where a period is needed internally like the times shown in color? No, definitely not

2. I have a sentence from the HIT and want you to tell me why the writer did not place an article in front of the phrase "absolute ruler"? Because the title/term is used here in a general sense.

The main Nepali political parties vowed that they would continue to hold rallies until King Gyanendra steps down as absolute ruler, powers he seized nearly a year ago.

Best wishes, Clive
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