[Grammar] “In” VS. “On” VS. “At”

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It’s important that you learn how to use prepositions of time and date. Today we`re going to learn how to use “in”, “on”, and “at”.

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1. in

(1) The preposition “in” is used for specific months, years, and periods of time such as the seasons, for example:

  • Export orders improved in the last month
  • The Civil War broke out in 1861.
  • A cold shower always refreshes us in summer.
  • He walked two hundred and sixty miles in eight days

(2) It may also be used to refer to a period of time in the future:

  • The train is going to leave in 10 minutes.
  • My mother will be retired in a few month.

(3) The phrase “in time” refers to having enough time to do something:

  • In order to catch the train in time, he polished off two bowls of rice in 5 minutes.
  • My father finished his report in time for the conference.


2. on

(1) “On” is used to refer to the days of the week.

  • I went back to work on Monday.
  • I thought we might go for a drive on Sunday.

(2) It may be used with specific calendar days as well:

  • This year’s event will take place on June 19th, a week earlier than usual.
  • I was born on Christmas Day.

(3) The phrase “on time” refers to being at a location or completing a task by an expected time:

  • What an employee should do with an urgent task is to finish it on time.
  • The timer on the TV would spring your TV on time.


3. at

(1) “At” is used to refer to a precise time:

  • The funeral will be carried out this afternoon at 3:00
  • At night you can see the stars.

(2) It is also used to refer to a period of time during the year such as special festivals:

  • I love the atmosphere at cherry blossom time.
  • People tend to become more hopeful at the start of spring.




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