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hirashin

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Hello, native English speakers,
Would (a) and (b) have a different meaning?

(a) In those days, I used this guitar.
(b) At that time, I used this guitar.

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It could mean the same but in general (a) refers to a time period and (b) could refer to a (short) time period or a point in time.
 

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(a) In those days, I used this guitar.
(b) At that time, I used this guitar.
Hirashin,

It may help to use direct translations:

(a) In those days… = その日…
(b) At that time… = その時…

Both (a) and (b) can be translated as その時代…, but I think その時代… is better used as a translation for "in those days…".

The example (b) can also be used for a very short period of time. For example, "at that time…" can be used for "on that morning..." or "on the way to school that day..." or "during class on Thursday..."
 
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Thanks, Buntaro. The point I wanted to ask about is whether you can use "at that time" for a longer time period, not a point in time.
 

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Yes, you can. Would you like some examples?
 

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Here's a very long time period example.

Dinosaurs ruled the Earth during the Cretaceous Period. At that time, flying reptiles called pterosaurs were prevalent.
 
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