Prepositions of time

Mastering English prepositions can be challenging. Yet these little words pop up everywhere when we speak & write, so we have to lớn learn how to use them!

Three of the most comtháng prepositions of time – at, on, and in – follow certain basic rules. You can rethành viên them more easily with the help of this AT, ON, IN triangle.

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Like the top of a triangle, AT refers lớn a very narrow, specific time, such as 4:30 or 7:00 o’clock. Like the middle of a triangle, ON refers khổng lồ a slightly broader time, of one day or one date, such as Sunday or May 22. Like the base of a triangle, IN refers lớn the widest time period, such as a month, a year, a season, a decade, and so on.

A summary of these rules, along with several commonly used exceptions và expressions, is given in the table below. Watch Rebecca’s lesson đoạn phim, “Master AT, ON, IN with the TRIANGLE method” khổng lồ get a full explanation of the triangle & to learn how khổng lồ use these prepositions. Keep practicing until the right words come to you easily và quickly.

specific timeat 5:00See you at 5:00!
at 12:30The meeting starts at 12:30.
at noonWe serve sầu lunch at noon.
at midnightI’ll be asleep at midnight!
(expressions)at the momentShe’s busy at the moment.
at the same timeBoth flights arrived at the same time.
at this timeWe have sầu no positions available at this time.
at that timeAt that time, they were in Rome.
at some pointAt some point, he’ll complete his PhD.
at any timeDon’t hotline my cell at any time.
at sunriseThe air is so clean at sunrise.
at sunsetI love walking by the beach at sunphối.
at lunchtimeThe café was crowded at lunchtime.
at dinnertimeWe’ll talk about it at dinnertime.
at suppertimeThe kids will be back trang chủ at suppertime.
at nightBy the way, Jaông chồng called at night.
one dayon MondayThe concert is on Friday.
one dateon Jan 5thI’m seeing my dentist on May 10th.
repetitive sầu daysTuesdaysMy yoga class is on Tuesdays.
on Independence DayI love watching the fireworks on Independence Day!
on your birthdayWhat did you bởi on your birthday?
on their anniversaryHe gave her a gold necklace on their anniversary.
one day + time of dayon Monday morningDo we have sầu a class on Monday morning?
on Tuesday afternoonWe last spoke on Tuesday afternoon.
on Friday eveningOn Friday evening, we usually go out for dinner.
on Thursday nightWhere did you go on Thursday night?
(expressions)on timeWe made it khổng lồ the exam on time.
on the dotThe organizers started the conference on the dot.
on the hourThe clock chimes on the hour.

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monthsin JulyThey’re getting married in July.
seasonsin summerin the summerThe kids love sầu playing outside in summer.We go camping in the summer.
yearsin 2005They moved to lớn London in 2005.
centuriesin the 1700sAlaska was discovered in the 1700s.
long periodsin the Middle AgesThe printing press was invented in the Middle Ages.
(expressions)in the pastIn the past, I used lớn drive khổng lồ work.
in the futureIn the future, I’ll buy a house.
in a few daysShe’ll be baông chồng in a few days.
in five minutesHe’s going to lớn Call baông xã in five minutes.
in the morningI woke up early in the morning.
in the afternoonDoes she sleep in the afternoon?
in the eveningI’m going to lớn the library in the evening.
lastLast Friday, we were in London.
nextI have a doctor’s appointment next week.
thisHe’s coming over this Thursday.
everyWe watch TV every night.
todayToday is a brvà new day.
tomorrowSorry, I can’t meet you tomorrow.
the day before yesterdayShe was in the hospital the day before yesterday.
the day after tomorrowWe’re flying lớn Mexiteo the day after tomorrow.
soonSee you soon!
laterđiện thoại tư vấn me later!
recentlyRecently, my eyes have sầu been bothering me.
nowadaysNowadays, he’s kind of depressed.
as we speakThey’re getting married, as we speak!
long agoI knew someone lượt thích that long ago.
a week agoWe signed the khuyến mãi a week ago.
a year from nowI’m not sure where I’ll be a year from now.

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