What does at mean?
Having seen the word at in the e-mail address, we ask ourselves the question: what does at means. Or, dictating an e-mail address to a foreigner, and having reached the @ symbol, we suddenly stumble because we don’t know how to call it correctly. Now we will try to deal with these issues.
Meaning of the word "at"
- In English, the word at is a preposition that denotes a position near something (y, near, near). For example: at the table - at the table. Or in something, for something, for example: at the meeting - at a meeting. Also, at is used in the designation of time, for example: at five o’clock - at five o'clock.
- Thus, at the e-mail address at acts as a pretext for the place, namely, it separates the user name and domain and indicates which domain the mail is registered on. Example: anna_83 [at] mail.ru - it should be understood as: the user anna_83 is registered on the mail.ru domain. When we want to write an email to this person, instead of [at] we should choose the @ symbol on the keyboard.
Thus, in answering the question of what at means in an email address, you can say that it is just @. In Russian, it is customary to call this symbol “dog”.In English, there is no universal word for it, since email addresses are not the only area of its use. But, pronouncing such an address in English, @ should be pronounced as at. In this case, you will certainly understand, and you will be able to avoid a ridiculous situation.