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at least | at any rate (2)

This page is about the conversational phrase at least | at any rate (2)

Meaning

You can use this when mentioning something positive in a generally negative situation or context.

For example

  • "They stole your new TV?"
    "Yep. But at least they didn't take my computer."

  • "Do know what happened?"
    "Their house burned down, but no-one was hurt, at any rate."

Quick Quiz

Bob said, "My son was out of work for ages, but at least

a. he hasn't got a job yet."

b. there aren't any jobs."

c. he's got a job now."

Contributor: Matt Errey