The boarding time is 9 a.m.

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Greta Lee

Member
Chinese
Hello, everyone,

I saw this sentence in a textbook I use, "You'll be boarding at Gate 8. The boarding time is 9 a.m." Is the second sentence correct? Why is there no "at" before "9 a.m."? Don't we always need to put an "at" before a specific time?
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    What is the boarding time? · The boarding time is 9 am
    When do we board? · At the boarding time = At 9 am

    What you do is scheduled to happen at that time. But the time itself is that time.
     

    Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    I usually hear "Boarding begins at 9 am." It then takes a while for all the passengers to enter the airplane, train, bus or ship. They usually continue to board until the door is closed (or doors, for a train; or the gangplank is pulled up, for a ship). Therefore, we can't say that "boarding time is" anything. My boarding time might be 9:05; yours might be 9:20.
     

    Greta Lee

    Member
    Chinese
    :) Now I understand. Thank you all for the help. Hope you have a great Christmas and new year holidays.
     
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