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Prepositions of time


English prepositions

Generally speaking one can classify prepositions in three groups:

The following table includes the prepositions of time.

prepositions

Prepositions of time

Preposition of time Explanations Example

on

  • days
  • weekend (American English)
  • Many shops don't open on Sundays.
  • What did you do on the weekend?

in

  • months / seasons / year
  • morning / evening / afternoon
  • period of time
  • I visited Italy in July, in spring, in 1994
  • In the evenings, I like to relax.
  • This is the first cigarette I've had in three years.

at

  • night
  • weekend (British English)
  • used to show an exact or a particular time:
  • It gets cold at night.
  • What did you do at the weekend?
  • There's a meeting at 2.30 this afternoon / at lunch time.

since

  • from a particular time in the past until a later time, or until now
  • England have not won the World Cup in football since 1966

for

  • used to show an amount of time.
  • I'm just going to bed for an hour or so.

ago

  • back in the past; back in time from the present:
  • The dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago.

before

  • at or during a time earlier than
  • She's always up before dawn.

to

  • used when saying the time, to mean before the stated hour
  • It's twenty to six.

past

  • telling the time
  • five past ten

to

  • until a particular time, marking end of a period of time
  • It's only two weeks to Christmas.

from

  • used to show the time when something starts
  • The museum is open from 9.30 to 6.00 Tuesday to Sunday.

till / until

  • up to (the time that)
  • We waited till / until half past six for you.

by

  • not later than; at or before
  • She had promised to be back by five o'clock.

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