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Prepositions of Time: on, in, at, from … to

USE
ON
1 With days
on Monday, on Saturday, on Christmas Day, on New Year’s Day
We’ll see you on Tuesday.
Note:
On Wednesdays means every Wednesday.
I play tennis on Wednesdays. (=I play tennis every Wednesday.)
2 With dates
on the 15th of July, on the 23rd of October
I’m going to the dentist on the 12th of August.
IN
1 For months
in January, in December
My birthday is in July.
2 For years
in 1798, in 1983, in 1997
Guglielmo Marconi died in 1937.
3 For seasons
in the spring, in the summer, in the autumn, in the winter
I’m always happier in the spring.
4 For periods of time
in the 1970s (1970-1979), in the 20th century (1900-1999)
I was at school with her in the 1980s.
5 For parts of the day
in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening
(general)
Note:
We say at night and on Wednesday afternoon. (specific)
6 To talk about the future
I’ll be there in an hour.
I’ll be there in an hour’s time.
(It’s 9:30 now. I’ll be there at 10:30.)
I’ll see you in a couple of days.
I’ll see you in a couple of days’ time.
(Today is Monday. I’ll see you on Wednesday.)
AT
1 For times
at 9:00, at 11:30, at midnight, at lunchtime, at dinnertime
The plane arrives at 10:15.

this and next. at once (immediately) At the moment. (=Monday is the first day I am there. In the same way.) Note: We do not use a preposition with last. I’ll do it this week. They have lessons from Monday to Friday. (not I’ll do it in this week. we say I’ll be at the hotel from Monday. at Christmas 3 For expressions like at the weekend. at present.2 For festivals at Easter.) I saw her last year. . We’ll be on vacation next month. we use from … to. he’s looking for a new job. at the moment. The shop is open from 9 to 6. FROM … TO To talk about the start and the finish of something.

2 Complete the sentences Complete the sentences with at. 2 Are you free ……… the weekend? 3 He plays golf ……… Tuesdays. 11 Her birthday is ……… July. 6 He wants to be a film star but he’s working in a hotel ……… present. 7 Can you come to lunch ……… Sunday? 8 These birds sleep ……… the winter and wake up ……… the spring. it’s still light ……… midnight ……… summer. 4 We have lots of parties ……… Christmas. 14 I don’t like to go out ……… night. I’ll tak to him ……… a minute. I’ll pick you up ……… 7:30. 10 I met her ……… 1992. 3 Complete the sentences Complete the sentences with at. 7 They got married ……… 1 o’clock ……… 12th of November. in or on. 1 She was born ……… 1982. 6 I’m busy ……… the moment. 4 I’m in a hurry. Do it ……… once! 5 I start university ……… three months’ time. 12 I’m sorry. I can’t see him ……… the moment. 3 The bank is closed ……… Christmas Day. 2 I’ve got an important meeting ……… Thursday afternoon. 11 In Sweden. 13 He came here ……… Monday and he’ll go back ……… a couple of weeks. 8 Will people live on the moon ……… the 21st century? 9 I was born ……… the 29th of March. 5 The film starts ……… 8 o’clock. 12 I prefer to go away ……… Easter. in or on. 13 She’ll be her ……… 3 o’clock. I’ll call you back ……… a couple of minutes.1 Complete the sentences Complete the sentences with at. So. 15 The shops close ……… 6:30. 10 They’re going to a concert ……… the 4th of August. 14 Can I see you ……… lunchtime? 15 Tell him to wait. . in. on or from … to. 9 I’ve got an appointment at the dentist’s ……… 12:30 tomorrow. 1 I’m going to Jamaica ……… Sunday.

I ate it in 2005. 8 I’m free ……… lunchtime. It’s closed ……… the winter. (1) ……… the 1st of January every year I decide to stop eating chocolate. (8) ……… the summer. in 2006 … . 13 We’re going on vacation next week. I’m going to bed. (12) ……… tea time and (13) ……… dinnertime. 18 We’re having a party ……… Thursday. 6 The restaurant is open ……… 3 o’clock ……… the afternoon ……… 11 o’clock ……… night. 15 The school closes for a few weeks ……… Easter. 11 You’re reading question 11 ……… the moment. 3 The train will arrive ……… 1:30. I eat it (3) ……… the morning. 10 I’ve got an exam ……… 9 o’clock ……… Monday morning. ……… a few days’ time we’ll be on a beach ……… 10:00 ……… 5:00 every day. 7 I work ……… Monday ……… Friday. But I’m free ……… the weekend. but ……… a few seconds you’ll read question 12. But (2) ……… the 2nd of January I start again! I love chocolate.1 I work in a restaurant ……… the afternoon. 2 I study ……… night. (5) ……… the evening and ……… (6) night! I eat it (7) ……… the spring. Can you come? 19 I only work ……… Tuesday ……… Thursday. Shall we go and have a walk in the park? 9 The hotel is open ……… February ……… October. 17 The coach will arrive ……… 3:30 ……… Wednesday afternoon. 14 Long hair was very popular ……… the 1970s. (9) ……… the autumn and (10) ……… the winter. Tim was born ……… 11:32 ……… the morning and Jenny was born ……… 1:30 ……… the afternoon. (4) ……… the afternoon. 5 I’m living in Zurich ……… the moment. 20 She’ll arrive in India ……… 4 o’clock in the morning. 4 The plane will arrive ……… 20 minutes’ time. 16 It’s late. 4 Fill in the gaps Fill in the gaps in the story with prepositions of time. 12 The twins were born ……… the 19th of September. I’ll see you ……… the morning. I eat it (11) ……… lunchtime.

1 I live in Spain (from / on) October (at / to) March. 6 I’ll do it (in / at) a moment. 5 He always leaves work (from / at) 4 o’clock (in / on) Friday. 2 Please do it (to / at) once. 4 They always go away (at / in) Easter. 10 I never go to work (in / at) the weekend. 3 Her birthday is (at / on) Christmas Day. 7 Do you want to go to the movies (from / on) Saturday? 8 Shall we go? (at / in) the afternoon or the evening? 9 I was on the beach (to / from) 9:00 in the morning (to / in) 5:00 in the evening.5 Choose the correct preposition Choose the correct preposition in brackets and underline it. Example: She’ll be her (at / on) 11 o’clock. .