Meaning of MOMENT in English

MOMENT

noun

1

BAD : In that moment the door opened.

GOOD : At that moment the door opened.

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in a moment = very soon: 'I'll have to go in a moment.'

at that moment = at that particular time: 'Just at that moment the telephone rang.'

2

BAD : At the moment the girl opened her eyes.

GOOD : At that moment the girl opened her eyes.

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When you are telling a story or reporting what happened, use at that moment : 'At that moment the car skidded on the ice and went off the road.'

Compare: 'At the moment I'm working in a restaurant.' (= now, at the present time)

3

BAD : At the moment I saw him, I knew something was wrong.

GOOD : The moment I saw him, I knew something was wrong.

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the moment (WITHOUT at ) = as soon as: 'He fell in love with Samantha the moment he set eyes on her.'

4

BAD : I'd like to see him in my office the moment he will arrive.

GOOD : I'd like to see him in my office the moment he arrives.

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