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.




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.



Prepositions of Time - Exercises