Prepositions of Time - at, in, on
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
on May 14th
at 5 o'clock
on my birthday
in the summer
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".
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)
Test your understanding with this quick quiz.
1. Choose the correct prepositions: "Let's meet _______ midday _______ Saturday."
2. Choose the correct prepositions: "The manager isn't here _______ present, but she'll be back _______ half an hour."
3. Which are correct? "You won't be working _______ Saturday nights _______ the future, will you?"
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
1) at, on
2) at, in
3) on, in
4) at the, this
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