What are prepositions of time?

Prepositions of time are short parts of speech that identify time relationships between the doer and the action, i.e., they specify the time in which something takes place.

The widely used prepositions of time are at, in, on, and from ….. to ….. . Each of these prepositions is used in specific situations which are summarized in the table below.


              At            In         OnFrom ……..to ……..
  Precise timeMonths, years, centuries, and long periods  Days and datesFrom one time to another
at 3 o’clockin Mayon SundayFrom 5:00 to 6:00
at 10.30 amin summeron TuesdaysFrom Monday to Friday
at noonin the summeron 6 MarchFrom March to April
at dinner timein 1990on 25 Dec. 2010From 1996 to 19999
at bedtimein the 1990son Christmas DayFrom morning to afternoon
at sunrise/sunsetin the next centuryon Independence DayFrom sunrise to sunset
at the momentin the Ice Ageon my birthdayFrom summer to winter
  at night/midnight/middayin the past/futureon New Year’s EveFrom the age of 7 to the age of  11
at the weekendin the morningon Tuesday morningFrom Christmas to Easter
at Christmas/Easterin the afternoonon Sunday afternoonFrom birth to death
at the same timein the eveningon Monday eveningFrom 11th May to 15th  June


Fill the blanks with the correct preposition of time

  1. The stars shine ——–  night.
  2. Do you work ——- Mondays?
  3. What are you doing ——– the afternoon?
  4. We have an English class every Saturday ——- 9:00 a.m. ——- 11:00 a.m.
  5. I don’t usually work ——– the weekend.
  6. My mother’s birthday is ——- the 5th of November
  7. I stay with my family ——– Christmas.
  8. Her birthday is ——– 20th  November.
  9. We can go there together ——– the evening.
  10. In England, it often snows ——— December.
  11. I can stay with you ——- 9:00 a.m. ——–  4:00 p.m.
  12. We often finish the test ———–the same time.
  13. The Independence holidays are —— Monday ——— Friday.
  14. I think that things may change ——– the future.
  15. Students are free ——- Christmas day.
  16. He’s not at home ——-present. Try later.


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