[Grammar] IN ON AT! English Prepositions Of Time

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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 timeat” 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 on
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)

PRACTICE

Results

#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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