at, by in English – Common Errors

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How to use at and by correctly

Correct phrase Common error
We live in a village near Hamburg. We live in a village by Hamburg.
Frank stayed at my place last weekend. Frank stayed by me last weekend.
I stayed at my grandmother's (house) during the Easter holidays. I stayed by my grandmother during the Easter holidays.
Emily lives with her mother. Emily lives by her mother.

Here are some correct phrases:

  • I took my sister by the hand.
  • We travelled by night.
  • I live by the sea.