Prepositions of Time


Preposition of time
Explanations Example


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


telling the time
five past ten


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


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.


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

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