What is the difference between “At this moment” and “At this time”? I’ve heard the first one on a series and I think it means “now”, could “At the moment” be used instead?
I’m asking if “At this moment” could be interchangeable with “at the moment”. And Does “at this moment” mean the same as “at this time”?– SNCXJan 12, 2020 at 6:13
2"At the/this moment" usually mean "right now". "At this time" usually refers to a longer period that includes the present.– Kate BuntingJan 12, 2020 at 9:29
It is not uncommon to say “at this moment in time” too, which has always struck me as overkill. While @KateBunting is correct, my feeling is that these expressions all overlap to quite a considerable extent. Only context can tell us which to use.– Orbital AussieJan 13, 2020 at 5:53
Now is preferable. And shorter.– John LawlerJun 29, 2022 at 15:32
At this/the moment and at this time mean roughly the same thing: right now; in the present. However, they carry different connotations.
X is true at the moment.
This means that X is true at the instant when the speaker says this. However, it suggests that X is likely to change soon. I might say "I'm home at the moment, but I'll be at work in an hour."
X is true at this time.
This also means that X is true at the instant when the speaker says this. However, it suggests that X is likely to take a long time to change. I might say "Our company cannot give any refunds at this time." This is a more formal, heavy phrase, and it is often used when denying a request: a politician might say "I can't comment on that at this time."