How to use Prepositions of Time
Being able to use prepositions of time is essential for any English learner. However, choosing the right words to use before dates, days, months and years can be quite confusing.
On one hand, it can seem like a lot of information to try and understand and then learn, but it really is not that difficult once you have practiced a little. In other words, practice makes perfect!
For that reason, we will look at how to use the right word for different forms of time. These words are called prepositions.
Also; try to keep a notebook next to you so that you can make some examples for yourself.
Here we go!
1 - Prepositions of Time - IN
To start with; we use “in” in front of the Months, Seasons, Years and Centuries. As well as this, we can also use ‘in’ to talk about parts of the day such as Morning, Afternoon, and Evening.
- My birthday is in April. (Month)
- I like to go swimming in the Summer. (Season)
- Steve was born in 1989. (Year)
- Mary loves to go running in the evening. (Part of the day)
- The television was invented in the 20th century. (Century)
**Also; note how we place ‘in the ‘ in front of the part of the day, and the century **.
Simple, right? Now you try to make a sentence with each heading!
2 - Prepositions of Time - AT
Next, we use “at” in front of times, night, and for special holidays that do not contain the word ‘day’. Are you feeling a little confused? Well, let’s try to make it a little clearer!
- Paul has a meeting at 1:00 pm today. (Time)
- Lisa and Fiona meet for lunch every Friday at midday.
- Rosie likes to watch TV with her cat at night. (Part of the day)
- At night, we can see so many stars in the sky!
- The children love to hunt for eggs at Easter. (Holiday without ‘day’)
- At Christmas, my family eats so much chocolate and candy!
So, are you understanding it a little more now? Then, let’s move on to the last category;
3 - Prepositions of time - ON
Finally; we use “on” to describe dates, days and specific holidays.
So, let’s have a look at how to use it;
- Ray will visit the doctor on Monday. (Day)
- On Saturday, Nick and Pete will go to watch a movie.
- Christmas falls on the 25th of December. (Holiday with day)
- On December 25th, we will celebrate Christmas.
** Can you see how we use ‘on’ with the Month of December.
This is because we are placing it next to the date; the 25th **
We hope you found these examples useful
To summarize; prepositions of time are an important aspect of English learning. The examples we used are the main prepositions of time. There are many other prepositions of time.
They may seem daunting to use at first, however; once you get the swing of it, you will find it really easy to use the correct prepositions.
So in other words; you should practice, practice, practice!
Also, try to write a few sentences every day using different prepositions of time so that you remember how to use them forever!
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