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At 5 pm.? On monday? In January?


Prepositions of Time - at, in, on

We use:

  • at for a PRECISE TIME

  • on for DAYS and DATES

  • in for MONTHS, YEARS, CENTURIES and LONG PERIODS

Let's give a look at some examples

At

On

In

at 11am.

on Tuesday

In February

at midnight

on May 14th

in 1998

at 5 o'clock

on my birthday

in the summer

at sunrise

on New Year's Eve

in the past

  • Let's meet on Tuesday?

  • My birthday is on May 14th.

  • I met him at 11 am. today.

  • At sunrise, the sun looks like a cake.

  • I was born in 1998.

  • In the past, I used to eat a lot of candies.


*Note that in some varieties of English people say "on the weekend" and "on Christmas".


Pay attention!


When we say last, next, every, this we do not also use at, in, on.

  • I went to London last September. (not in last September)

  • He's coming back next Friday. (not on next Friday)

  • I go home every Christmas. (not at every Christmas)

  • We'll call you this morning. (not in this morning)



Mini Quiz

Test your understanding with this quick quiz.


1. Choose the correct prepositions: "Let's meet _______ midday _______ Saturday."

  • at, at

  • in, on

  • at, on

2. Choose the correct prepositions: "The manager isn't here _______ present, but she'll be back _______ half an hour."

  • at, in

  • at, at

  • in, in

3. Which are correct? "You won't be working _______ Saturday nights _______ the future, will you?"

  • at, in

  • on, in

  • on, at

4. Which are correct? "I'm busy _______ moment, but I'll be free ______ evening."

  • at the, in this

  • in the, at this

  • at the, this


Right Answers

1) at, on

2) at, in

3) on, in

4) at the, this


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