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We use many different prepositions for talking about time. In the table below we present a list of time words and pharses that need the prespositions 'on', 'in', 'at' and some others that need no preposition.

 

at
  • Clock times: at 10 a.m., at midnight, at 7:30
  • festivals: at Christmas, at Easter
  • at night
  • at the weekend
  • at lunchtime, at dinnertime, at breakfast time
on
  • days: on Tuesday, on my birthday, on Christmas Day
  • days + parts of the day : on Tuesday morning / on Sunday afternoons
  • dates: on the 15th of June, on February 15th
in
  • years: in 2007, in 2015
  • months: in January, in March
  • decades: in the seventies, in the 1990s
  • centuries: in the 20th century
  • seasons: in spring, in summer
  • in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening
Ø
  • next week, year, month, etc.
  • last night, Friday, etc
  • this evening, month, etc.
  • every day, night, years, etc.
  • today, tomorrow, yesterday

 

 

Other frequently used prepositions of time in English

 

since
  • from a certain point of time (past till now)
since 2003
for
  • over a certain period of time (past till now)
for 4 months
ago
  • a certain time in the past
5 weeks ago
before
  • earlier than a certain point of time
before 2010
to
  • telling the time
ten to five (4:50)
past
  • telling the time
fifteen past two (2:15)
to / till / until
  • marking the beginning and end of a period of time
from Tuesday to/till Sunday
till / until
  • in the sense of how long something is going to last
We are on holiday until Friday.
by
  • in the sense of at the latest
  • up to a certain time
She will be back by 4 o’clock.

 

 

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