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We use: at for a SPECIFIC TIME in for MONTHS, YEARS, CENTURIES and LONG PERIODS on for DAYS and DATES

at SPECIFIC TIME

in MONTHS,YEARS, CENTURIES and LONG PERIODS in May in summer in 1990 in the past/future in the morning/afternoon/ evening in two weeks time in the next century

on DAYS and DATES

at 7 oclock at 10.30am at noon at midnight at dinnertime

on Sunday on Tuesdays on March 4 on Monday morning on Christmas Day on New Years Eve

at bedtime at the moment

Look at these examples: I have a meeting at 9am. The shop closes at midnight. Jane went home at dinnertime. In England, it often snows in December. Do you think we will go to Jupiter in the future? There should be a lot of progress in the next century. Do you work on Saturdays? Her birthday is on 2 November. Where will you be on New Year's Day?

1. Desmond's birthday will be ___ a week or two. a) at b) in c) on 2. Julia was born ___ the 30th of July. a) at b) in c) on

3. Simon is arriving in Texas ___ five o'clock in the evening. a) at b) in c) on


4. Where will you be ____ New Year's Day? a) at b) in c) on

The use of the preposition of time at in the following standard expressions:


Expression at night at the weekend at Christmas/Easter at the same time at present Examples The stars shine at night. I don't usually work at the weekend. I stay with my family at Christmas. We finished the test at the same time. He's not home at present. Try later.

The use of the prepositions of time in and on in these common expressions:


in in the morning in the mornings in the afternoon(s) in the evening(s) on on Tuesday morning on Saturday mornings on Sunday afternoons on Monday evening

No preposition!!! last, last night/week next every this yesterday (evening) the day before yesterday two weeks ago

Examples: I went to London last June. (not in last June) He's coming back next Tuesday. (not on next Tuesday) I go home every Easter. (not at every Easter) We'll call you this evening. (not in this evening)

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Were going on holiday _____ March. I play football ______ Saturdays. I start school ______ Monday _____ 7.30 am. There was a big earthquake ______ 1986. I dont work _____ the weekends. What are you going to do _____ Friday? Franklin began working on the project _______ yesterday. ______ night, we went out for a movie. Dinner will be ready ______ 2hours. The plane leaves ________ tomorrow morning 8:00 am.