Prepositions of Time
Correct Uses of Prepositions of Time
- Prepositions of Time —at, in, on, for, since, from—tell the reader or listener about when something happens or happened.
- At is used with noon, night, midnight, and with the time of day.
- a) My plane leaves at noon.
- b) The movie starts at 6 p.m.
- At is used with a definite point of time.
- a) I usually get up at 5 O’clock.
- b) She leaves her house every day at 9 a.m.
- At is used with festivals.
- He will come at Christmas
- In is used with other parts of the day, with months, with years, with seasons:
- a) He likes to read in the afternoon.
- b) The days are long in August.
- c) The book was published in 1999.
- d) The flowers will bloom in spring.
- e) In summer the weather is warm.
- In is used with the future tense referring to the period in which action may take place.
- You must be careful in future.
- In is used with the names or countries and large towns.
- a) I live in Memphis.
- b) He plays his professional football in England.
- In is used in speaking of things at rest.
- He is in bed.
- On is used with days and dates.
- a) I will see you on Monday.
- b) The week begins on Sunday.
- c) My birthday is on the eight of March.
- On is often used in speaking of things at rest.
- He sat on a chair.
To express extended time, English uses the following prepositions: since, for, by, from–to, from–until, during, and within.
- She has gone since yesterday. (She left yesterday and has not returned.)
- I’m going to Paris for two weeks. (I will spend two weeks there.)
- The movie showed from August to October. (Beginning in August and ending in October.)
- The decorations were up from spring until fall. (Beginning in spring and ending in fall.)
- I watch TV during the evening. (For some period of time in the evening.)
- We must finish the project within a year. (No longer than a year.)