Which one is correct?

A. The Chinese cuisine appeals to gourmets at home and abroad.

B. The Chinese cuisine appeals to gourmets from home and abroad.

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home can be deictic but it need not be, and whether it is or isn't being used in that manner, reflecting the speaker's perspective on where home is, can sometimes be ascertained by the preposition.

With "from home" in the examples given, home is where the speaker thinks his or her home is.

"at home" is ambiguous. The speaker might mean "here at home" with "at home" but might not. So we often say "here" to disambiguate: "here at home".

People from home and abroad like this music. => People here in this land and people in other lands like this music.

Some people are impolite at home and abroad. => a) Some people are impolite whether they are in their own lands or traveling. b) Some people are impolite here in this land and in other lands.

Some people are impolite here at home and abroad. => Some people are impolite here in this land and in other lands.


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