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I wrote the following.

We will revise it at some point in the future.

It's obvious, unambiguous and grammatically correct. However, I can't shake off the sensation that it's nonsensical because a point is a concept relating to spatial coordinates. Is it proper to metaphorically refer to a future occasion that way? Or should I use the version below?

We will revise it at some point of time in the future.

One could argue that revise at a point in the future could be interpreted as revision being performed in a certain location (i.e. a point in space) and that such will occur in an unknown amount of time (i.e. in the future).

Is the above a correct interpretation? Is it the only correct interpretation?

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  • Spatial co-ordinates. Jul 26 at 10:17
  • @MichaelHarvey Corrected. You have my spacial appreciation. Jul 26 at 18:07

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You may safely dismiss from your mind the notion that to speak of 'a point in the future (or past)' is nonsensical. The interpretation that, in ordinary language (e.g. outside a physics department) the word 'point' used alone cannot apply to a moment or brief period of time, is mistaken. We can use the preposition 'in' however, but this is a matter of choice, and is not usually necessary for complete understanding, unless, maybe, both time and space are being discussed together.

Point 3 COUNTABLE a particular moment in time

at this/that point: At that point we all got up and walked out of the room.

at this/that point in time: At this point in time we can’t afford to hire any more people.

Point (Macmillan Dictionary)

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