Prepositions of Time

Correct Uses of Prepositions of Time

  • Prepositions of Timeat, in, on, for, since, from—tell the reader or listener about when something happens or happened.
Uses of At
    For example:
  • a)  My plane leaves at noon.
  • b)  The movie starts at 6 p.m.
    For example:
  • a)  I usually get up at 5 O’clock.
  • b)  She leaves her house every day at 9 a.m.
    For example:
  • He will come at Christmas
Uses of In
    For example:
  • 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.
    For example:
  • You must be careful in future.
    For example:
  • a)  I live in Memphis.
  • b)  He plays his professional football in England.
    For example:
  • He is in bed.
Uses of On
    For example:
  • a)  I will see you on Monday.
  • b)  The week begins on Sunday.
  • c)  My birthday is on the eight of March.
    For example:
  • He sat on a chair.
Expression of Extended Time

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.)