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(Eng) Prepositions of time: at, in, on Cheat Sheet by

how to use preposition of time

: at

use at with times of day, including mealtimes, bedtime, etc.:
at 3 o’clock, at 10.30am, at noon, at dinner­time, at bedtime, at sunrise, at sunset, at the moment
also, use at in the following common expres­sions:
at the weekend: I don’t usually work at the weekend.
at Christ­mas­/Ea­ster: I stay with my family at Christmas.
at the same time: We finished the test at the same time.
at present/at the moment: He’s not home at present. Try later.

: in

use in with months, seasons, years, decades, centuries and long periods of time in general:
in May
in the summer
in 1990
in the 1990s
in the 20th century
in the Ice Age
in the past/f­uture


Parts of the day
in the morning
in the afternoon
in the evening
at night

: on

use on followed by days and dates:
on Sunday
on Tuesday mornings
on 6 March
on 25 December 2010
on Christmas Day
on Indepe­ndence Day
on my birthday
on New Year’s Eve

last, next , every and this

When we say last, next, every, this we do not use at, in, on.
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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