Prepositions of Time
What are prepositions of time?
When talking about when something happened, the time phrase (for example: the day, the month, the year) usually needs a preposition.
Different time phrases use different prepositions:
|part of the day with ‘the’||in||in the morning|
|date||on||on March 16th|
|one-day holiday||on||on Christmas Day|
|time of day||at||at 9am|
|part of day without ‘the’||at||at night|
|longer holiday time||at||at Christmas time|
*’during’ can be used to mean inside any period of time, but is most often used for seasons.
Examples of prepositions of time
|I moved to Vienna in 1999.||She was born on February 29th.|
|He bought that car in 2003.||They will come back on the 15th.|
|My birthday is in July.||I will see you on New Year’s Day.|
|They are going on holiday in May.||I’ll be busy at New Year.|
|I’ll go home in the autumn.||The show begins at 2.|
|It is a good idea to visit this country in spring.||I woke up at 4.25.|
|It is very hot during the summer.||She is busy in the morning.|
|The city gets very busy during winter.||We usually watch TV in the evening.|
|We will have a meeting on Tuesday.||There was a lot of noise at night.|
|They met on Valentine’s Day.||I’ll meet you at sunset.|