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Prepositions of time

For today’s Friday fun tip let’s take a look at some prepositions of time commonly used in
English: IN, ON and AT.
Hoje vamos estudar umas preposições de tempo muito comuns em inglês: IN, ON yAT.
Let’s look at a quick text and see how we use these prepositions correctly when reading,
speaking or writing.
At 1 o'clock today I am going to my grandparents’ house for lunch. My grandma told
us to come at noon but Mum said it was too early. We always go there on Sundays
and spend the whole day there. I actually like to spend the night too because
Granddad and I wake up at sunrise and spend the morning walking in the mountains.
Last year on Christmas day Granny prepared the best meal ever for the whole family.
She said that on my birthday this year she would make a big cake and I could invite
my friends.
In summer I normally go visit my grandparents too because they live on a farm and
it’s much better than the city. Once when I had school holidays in 2012 I stayed with
my grandparents for 2 months. We had great fun!
Hoje eu vou comer em casa dos meus avós às 13:00. Minha avó nos pediu ir pelo meiodia, mas minha mãe disse que era cedo demais. Sempre vamos aos domingos e
passamos o dia todo lá. Na verdade, eu também gosto de passar a noite lá, porque eu e o
avô nos levantamos cedo e passamos a manhã caminhando pela montanha.
No ano passado, no dia de Natal, minha avó preparou a melhor comida do mundo para
toda a família. Ela disse que este ano por meu aniversário faria um bolo enorme e que eu
poderia convidar todos meus amigos.
No verão, também costumo visitar meus avós, porque eles vivem em uma fazenda e é
muito melhor do que a cidade. Uma vez, nas férias da escola em 2012, fiquei com eles 2
meses. Foi tão bom!
Now let’s take a look at the rules so we can see how easy it is!
AT

IN

ON

a specific time

months, years,
seasons, decades

days and dates

at 3 o'clock

in May

on Sunday

at 10.30am

in summer

on Tuesdays

at noon

in the summer

on March 6th

at dinnertime

in 1990

on December 25th

at bedtime

in the 90s

on Christmas day

at dawn

in the next century

on New Year's day

Tuesday. for example. cities. Look at a couple of examples: • I have already seen that movie. março • Christmas. Eu ja assisti esse filme. where I saw the Sagrada Familia. fevereiro. February. Easter Natal. O Jack disse que eu poderia ir de férias com ele. Firstly and very importantly the first person singular subject pronoun ”I” is always capitalised. onde vi a Sagrada Família. • He has visited Europe and Asia. • I love Big Ben in London. Wednesday Segunda-feira. Ele já visitou Europa e Ásia. Hoje vamos estudar quando e onde colocar letras maiúsculas em inglês. terça-feira. Páscoa We also use capital letters for countries. March Janeiro. • Jack said that I could go on holiday with him. No ano passado visitei várias cidades da Espanha. you can always refer to unit 21 of the course for more information on how to use these prepositions correctly. How to use CAPITALS in English Today let’s look at when and where to use CAPITAL letters in English. months of the year and important holidays start with capital letters in English. for example: • Monday. . Days of the week. Look… • Last year I visited several cities in Spain. Barcelona. Barcelona. por exemplo. if you want to. I’m sure you understand prepositions better now! Remember. Adoro o Big Ben de Londres. continents and monuments.at sunrise in July on my birthday Well. quarta-feira • January.

thank you! Você aceita um pouco mais de chá? Não. . However. Writing in any language is important so remember that in section 3 in each unit in the ABA online course there is a section dedicated to writing for you to practise and improve your writing and spelling. Seu país favorito é Itália. Meus pais gostam de nadar nos fins de semana. my sister prefers seeing her friends. Foi difícil vê-lo no escuro. Estou estudando há muitos anos e ainda não entendo nada! • English is a very useful language for travelling and work. It was hard to see it in the dark. We also use them for people’s names and titles. obrigado! • My parents like to go swimming on the weekend. Languages are also capitalised in English. Minha irmã. O carro estava indo muito rápido. prefere ficar com os amigos. I have studied it for years and still don’t understand anything! Não posso acreditar como o chinês é difícil. Look at some examples: • William Shakespeare • Mrs Jones • Dr Smith • Queen Elizabeth They are also used whenever you start a new sentence or after a full stop. • Would you like more tea? No. • The car drove very fast. Ela fala espanhol muito bem. Here are some examples: • She speaks Spanish very well.• Her favourite country is Italy. O inglês é uma língua muito útil para viajar e trabalhar. no entanto. • I can’t believe how hard Chinese is.