Prepositions – Time

Prepositions are small words that are related to another element in the sentence. They are essential because they provide additional details about the sentence.

We use the Prepositions of Time to locate an event in a time frame.

Prepositions of Time don’t stand alone but act with other elements of the sentence to create what we can call Prepositional Phrases:

  • At;
  • On;
  • In.

At

  • Everyday at 7.00 clock I can see the stars.
  • He is going to the forest at the moment.
  • Cows sleep at night.

On

  • On the 1st of September in 1997 I was born.
  • On Sundays, she usually relaxes with her friends by going to the coast.
  • The islands sank on 21th of January in 1438.

In

  • I always travel to famous forests in Finland in November.
  • In 2023 Francesco will go to the Moon.
  • In the autumn leaves fade.

Prepositions of Time make it possible to locate an event in a specific moment or period.

At:

  • Exact times (the moment, sunrise, noon, night, midnight, hours);
  • Special holiday periods (Christmas*, Easter, etc.);
  • Weekend*.

On:

  • Days of the week (monday, saturday, wednesday etc.);
  • Dates;
  • Specific part of the day (e.g. “on sunday morning”).

In:

  • Months, years, centuries;
  • Seasons;
  • The morning, the afternoon, the evening.

*In American English you can find on instead of at.

Prepositions are important as they are small words that are related to another element in the sentence and give additional information about the frame in which the action develops.

We locate the event in a time context by using the following Prepositions of Time:

  • At: For exact times (the moment, sunrise, noon, night, midnight, hours), special holiday periods (Christmas*, Easter, etc.), weekend*;
  • On: Days of the week, dates, specific part of the day (e.g. “on sunday morning”);
  • In: Months, years, seasons, centuries, the morning, the afternoon, the evening.

*In American English you can find on instead of at.

For example:
— “I always go to my grandparents’ house at Christmas.” = We use at because we refer to a special holiday period.
— “I always go to my grandparents’ house on 25th of December.” = We use on because we refer to a date.
— “I always go to my grandparents’ house in December.” = We use in because we refer to a month.

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