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In English speaking or writing, we always unavoidably need to use some prepositions of time. But do you know when we should use “at” and when we should use “in” or “on”?
Today let’s figure it out!
In general, we use:
- at for a PRECISE TIME
- in for MONTHS, YEARS, CENTURIES and LONG PERIODS
- on for DAYS and DATES
|at PRECISE TIME||in MONTHS, YEARS, CENTURIES and LONG PERIODS||on DAYS and DATES|
|at 3 o’clock||in May||on Sunday|
|at noon||in summer||on 6 March|
|at dinnertime||in 1990||on Christmas Day|
|at sunrise||in the next century||on Independence Day|
|at the moment||in the past/future||on New Year’s Eve|
Notice the use of the preposition of time “at” in the following standard expressions:
- at the weekend
- at Christmas/Easter
- at the same time
- at present
*Note that in some varieties of English people say “on the weekend” and “on Christmas”.
Notice the use of the prepositions of time “in” and “on” in these common expressions:
|in the morning||on Tuesday morning|
|in the mornings||on Saturday mornings|
When we say last, next, every, this we do not also use at, in, on.
- I went to London last June. (not in last June)
- He’s coming back next Tuesday. (not on next Tuesday)
- I go home every Easter. (not at every Easter)
- We’ll call you this evening. (not in this evening)
#1. Let’s meet ____ midday ____ Saturday.
#2. The manager isn’t here _______ present, but she’ll be back _______ half an hour.
#3. You won’t be working _______ Saturday nights _______ the future, will you?
#4. I wish he’d come around and see us sometime, _____ just to say hello.
#5. ____ you knew how hard I tried to please you.
#6. He is welcome ____ he behaves himself.
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