Arrive in, at or to?
ISE I Trinity Subject Area: Travel
A typical mistake made by students is using the preposition “to” with the verb “arrive”.
For example: “We arrived to Madrid”.
The preposition “to” can never follow the verb “arrive” because it is a preposition of movement and the verb is not.
Instead of “to”, we can use “at” or “in”.
What is the difference between “arrive to” and “arrive in“?
We use “at” when we get to a small place such as a station, airport or village.
Ex.: The pupils arrived at school quite late.
We use “in” when we get to a large place such as a country or a city.
Ex.: The Normans arrived in Britain in the 11th century.
Sometimes it’s not so easy and you can find examples like:
They arrived at Bristol
As Bristolis a big town, “in” should have been used, but “at” is correct because we actually mean arrive at Bristolstation or airport!
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