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at a moment's notice #1 (permalink) Wed Mar 23, 2011 22:55 pm   at a moment's notice
 

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #694 "Prepositional Phrases - At, By, For and To (5)", question 2

When you are a firefighter, you have to be able to respond ......... a moment's notice because emergencies are not planned and fast reaction time is a matter of life and death in this profession.

(a) at
(b) by
(c) for
(d) to

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #694 "Prepositional Phrases - At, By, For and To (5)", answer 2

When you are a firefighter, you have to be able to respond at a moment's notice because emergencies are not planned and fast reaction time is a matter of life and death in this profession.

Correct answer: (a) at

Your answer was: incorrect
When you are a firefighter, you have to be able to respond to a moment's notice because emergencies are not planned and fast reaction time is a matter of life and death in this profession.
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at a moment's notice #2 (permalink) Wed Mar 23, 2011 22:58 pm   at a moment's notice
 

You don't respond to the notice, you respond to the emergency.

The 'at' refers to the time it takes you to respond.
You respond at very short notice.
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