What is the difference between the prepositions AT and BY in the phrase given above?

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By the door means something is located close to the door.  Ex. My hoes are by the door.  At the door means someone has come to the door, that is, someone is visiting you.  Ex. John is at the door.  By the door can also be a person.  Ex. John is by the door (close proximity to the door, maybe John is waiting for you by the door.

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AT THE DOOR ABOUT TO POSITION

BY THE DOOR ABOUT TO THE ACTION TO PASS IN FRONT OF DOOR

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Open at the door . Close by the door

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A person waiting to come in is AT the door. Umbrellas, shoes, etc, are BY (next to) the door,

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kebec1 140
Person waiting to come in is at the door. Objects positioned near the door are by the door.

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AT is a preposition that denotes position, and not movement, with regard to our question. BY denotes motion/being stationary. Example 1 1️⃣The boy is standing AT the door. 2️⃣The broom was left lying AT the door. Example 21️⃣ A cow has just passed BY my house. 2️⃣she is standing BY the road.

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