Exercise 2

Choose the correct prepositions of time (at, in, on) to complete the sentences.

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1 I have to meet the clients _____ lunchtime.
a.
b.
c.
2 This happened _____ the 80s.
a.
b.
c.
3 We want to go for a drink after the concert _____ Friday evening
a.
b.
c.
4 You can plant these flowers _____ the autumn.
a.
b.
c.
5 Is your neighbourhood quiet _____ night?
a.
b.
c.

 

 

Prepositions of time: at, in, on

 
at, in, on – prepositions of time

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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
 

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
 

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
 

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.

 

Parts of the day

 

  • in the morning
  • in the afternoon
  • in the evening
  • at night

 

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)