Prepositions of Time

By | April 11, 2019

Prepositions of Time

Prepositions of Time

Prepositions of Time

 

Recently Prepositions of time indicate the time and date or the period of time that something happens. Some of the prepositions used include around, at, by, during, from, in, on, since, throughout, and until.

Prepositions of time used to indicate a particular time.

Examples:

  • Our grandparents usually have a catnap at the same time around noon.

  • I had a big argument with my grandma at lunchtime.

  • The funeral should be over by five o’clock.

  • The astrologer said I would be dead in five years.

  • The boss is always sleepy on Monday mornings.

Prepositions of time indicate the period of time that something happens. 

Examples:

  • I had a couple of terrifying nightmares during the night.

  • She swears never to talk to me again from tomorrow.

  • His girlfriend has been missing since last Sunday.

  • He slept throughout the lecture.

  • They said I was breastfed until the age of six.

Prepositions of time used to indicate a particular time in relation to another. 

Examples:

  • I start to wonder whether I will be in Heaven or Hell after death.
  • I usually need to go to the toilet before having breakfast.
Preposition of timeExplanationsExample
on
  • days
  • weekend (American English)
  • Many shops don’t open on Sundays.
  • What did you do on the weekend?
in
  • 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.
at
  • night
  • 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.
since
  • from a particular time in the past until a later time, or until now
  • England have not won the World Cup in football since1966
for
  • used to show an amount of time.
  • I’m just going to bed for an hour or so.
ago
  • back in the past; back in time from the present:
  • The dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago.
before
  • at or during a time earlier than
  • She’s always up before dawn.
to
  • used when saying the time, to mean before the stated hour
  • It’s twenty to six.
past
  • telling the time
  • five past ten
to
  • until a particular time, marking end of a period of time
  • It’s only two weeks to Christmas.
from
  • 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.
by
  • not later than; at or before
  • She had promised to be back by five o’clock.

After / Later

Use after + phrase, and use later alone (at the end of a sentence or phrase).

  • I’ll call you later.

    I’ll call you after I get home from work.

  • First he bought a new car. Two weeks later, he bought a new motorcycle.

    He bought a new motorcycle two weeks after he bought a car.

You can say “later + time period” to refer to an unspecified time in the future, for example:

  • I’ll finish the project later this week.
  • We’ll go on vacation later this year.

Never end a sentence with “after.” Instead, you can use “afterwards”

  • “Did you go straight home after the baseball game?”
    “No, we went out for drinks after.
    “No, we went out for drinks afterwards.