by / at


The tree is by / at the lake.


What's the difference between hoop / jump / skip?


Any further explanation for both Q to clarify my understanding?



asked Jul 12 '12 at 07:03 FiO New member

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The tree is by the lake.

The tree is at the lake.

Both the sentences are correct.  At and in are generally used for position.

At is used to talk about position at a point.

By means just at the side of; something that is by you may be closer than something that is near you.


We live near the sea.(perhaps five kilometers away)

We live by the sea.(We can see it.)


A hop would be of a short distance and usually repeated by several more hops, like a rabbitt. A jump would be of a longer distance either vertically as in dunking a basketball or horizontally as in the Olympic long jump event.


Skip: One meaning of skip is "jump". CDs can skip momentarily, meaning that the read head has jumped from where it should be. However, skipping is also that sort of running, jumping, playful walk that children like to do. And it's possible to do that sort of skipping on-the-spot with a skipping rope — you don't simply have to jump up and down as you use it.


Skip also means to get over something by jumping. While you can skip intransitively, you can also skip objects: for instance, skip every other stair. (And of course skip also means to bypass something in general. Skip a meeting, skip breakfast, ...)

Skip, a verb which takes a direct object, expresses the idea of getting over/past the rope.


Bird jumps from one branch to another in a strange wood.

Hoping: (of a bird or other animal) move by jumping with two or all feet at once: a blackbird was hopping around in the sun.

link comment edited Jul 12 '12 at 13:24 sanjay Expert

Both "by" and "at" may be used in that sentence, but they mean different things.


"The tree is by the lake" means the tree is next to the lake. "At" is used to indicate position relative to the speaker.


"Where will I find the tree?" "The tree is at the lake." Or put another way: "At the lake, you will find the tree by the water."


You probably mean hop, not hoop, given that "hop, skip, and jump" is another name for the triple jump in Olympic track and field. All three are types of jumps or leaps. It is difficult to explain the differences between the three movements in words. Here is a link to a wikipedia page that has a long description and photos.


The phrase "hop, skip, and jump" can also mean "a short distance" -- "He lives a hop, skip, and jump from the school."

link comment answered Jul 12 '12 at 13:29 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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