Tuesday, December 22, 2009

PREPOSITIONS OF TIME

AT

We use at with times:

at 5 o’clock - at 11.45 - at midnight - at lunchtime
at night - at Christmas - at the moment / at present - at the same time - at weekends - at the age of...

ON

We use on with dates and days:


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)

IN

We use in for longer periods of time:

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)

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.

DURING

We use during + noun to say when something happens:

during the film - during our holiday - during the night

I fell asleep during the film.
We met a lot of interesting people during our holiday.

FOR

We use for + a period of time:

for six years - for two hours - for a week

I’ve lived in this house for six years.
They have been watching TV for two hours.

SINCE

We use since + a period of time:

since April - since 1992 - since 8 o’ clock

It has been raining since one o’ clock.
They’ve known each other since they were at school.

UNTIL

We use until/till to say how long a situation continues:

Let’s wait until it stops raining.
I stayed in bed until half past nine.

FROM - TO

We use from - to + beginning and end of a period:

Last evening we watched TV from 5 to 8 o’ clock.

EXERCISES

http://www.english-4u.de/prep_of_time_ex1.htm

http://www.english-4u.de/prep_of_time_ex2.htm

http://www.english-4u.de/prep_of_time_ex3.htm

http://esl.about.com/library/quiz/blgrquiz_prep3.htm

http://www.nonstopenglish.com/exercise.asp?exid=919

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