At sight of Mr. Utterson

Thomas1

Senior Member
polszczyzna warszawska
At sight of Mr. Utterson, he sprang up from his chair and welcomed him with both hands.
Strange Case of Dr Jackyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Stevenson
Is it possible to replace at with (up)on in this sentence please?
(Up)on sight of Mr. Utterson, he sprang up from his chair and welcomed him with both hands.


Thank you,
Tom
 
  • Monkey F B I

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    I don't think so, actually. If you want to use "upon", I'd phrase it as follows...

    "Upon seeing Mr. Utterson, he sprang up from his chair and welcomed him with both hands."
     

    bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    These would be idiomatic in contemporary English:
    "Upon seeing Mr. Utterson"
    "At the sight of Mr. Utterson"
    "On seeing Mr. Utterson"
    "After seeing Mr. Utterson"
    "Seeing Mr. Utterson"
    "When he saw Mr. Utterson"

    However, the original was idiomatic when the novel was written, I'm sure.
     
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