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What are the differences between "at" and "for" in the following sentences:

We scheduled the party at 7:00.

We scheduled the party for 7:00.

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We scheduled the party for 7:00.

means We decided the party would start at 7:00.

We scheduled the party at 7:00.

could mean one of two things: At 7:00, we decided what time the party would start. or We decided the party would start at 7:00.

If you want to say that the party will start at 7:00, using for is somewhat more natural than at (potentially because at could have an alternate meaning as well).

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  • I'll be happy to upvote if you are more specific about it.
    – Maulik V
    Apr 18, 2014 at 8:57
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    The version with at can also have the other meaning.
    – user230
    Apr 18, 2014 at 10:41
  • I think the latter could be read the party [to be] at 7:00 or the party[; it's] at 7:00. Using for would be more natural and correct, but in proper context (especially informal spoken English), people would understand at as meaning the same thing.
    – Tim S.
    Apr 18, 2014 at 12:02
  • @TimS. You''re right, I wasn't sure if it was just me :)
    – Alicja Z
    Apr 18, 2014 at 12:48

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