PREPOSITIONS OF TIME
|We use at with times||We use on with dates and days|
|at 5 o’clock - at 11.45 - at midnight - at lunchtime||on 12 March - on Friday(s) - on Friday morning(s)|
|Tom usually gets up at 7 o’clock.||on Sunday afternoon(s)
- on Saturday night(s)
on Christmas Day (but at Christmas)
|We use at in these expressions|
|at night - at Christmas - at the moment / at present - at the same time - at weekends - at the age of...|
|We use in for longer periods of time||We use during + noun to say when something happens|
|in April - in 1986 - in winter - in the 19th century - in the 1970s - in the morning(s) / in the afternoon(s) / in the evening(s)||during the film - during
our holiday - during the night
We met a lot of interesting people during our holiday.
I fell asleep during the film.
|In + period of time = a time in the future:|
|Jack will be back in a week.
The train will leave in a few minutes.
|In + how long it takes to do something|
|I learned to drive in four weeks.|
|We use for + a period of time expressing duration||We use since + a starting point, a specific time|
|for six years - for two hours - for a week||since April - since 1992 - since 8 o’ clock|
|I’ve lived in this house for six years. They have been watching TV for two hours.||It has been raining since one o’ clock. They’ve known each other since they were at school.|
|UNTIL||FROM - TO|
|We use until/till to say how long a situation continues||We use from - to + beginning and end of a period|
|Let’s wait until it stops raining. I stayed in bed until half past nine.||Last evening we watched TV from 5 to 8 o’ clock.|
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