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What part of speech is "home" in the sentence:

I enjoyed being at home

My teacher says: "That is an adverb". It looks like a nonsense but just in case.

The question was raised due to the determination whether we use an article or not.

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Weird, I was considering that exact question yesterday, apropos of (so far as I can remember) nothing at all.

In the sentence

I enjoyed being home

"Home" is arguably an adjective. Compare it to "I enjoyed being rich" or "I enjoyed being beautiful".

In the sentence

I enjoyed being at home

"Home" is a noun, it's the object of a preposition. Compare it to "I enjoyed being in Cleveland" or "I enjoyed being under water".

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In the sentence

I enjoyed being at home

"at" is a preposition, and "home" is the object of the preposition.

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Your teacher is right. Consider the syntax structure of the sentence: I enjoyed being at home - subject (I) verb (enjoyed) verb complement (being) adverb of place (at home)

AT HOME is a phrase and no article is used.

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