Prepositions in expressions of time

Prepositions in expression of time

1. The preposition in

  • months

    in July

    in September

  • year

    in 1996

    in 2012

  • seasons

    in summer

    in the summer of 69

  • part of the day

    in the morning

    in the afternoon

    in the evening

  • duration

    in a minute

    in two weeks

2. The preposition at

  • part of the day

    at night

  • time of day

    at 6 o'clock

    at midnight

  • celebrations

    at Christmas

    at Easter

  • fixed phrases

    at the end of the week

    at the same time

3. The preposition on

  • days of the week

    on Sunday

    on Friday

  • date

    on the 25th of December*

  • special holidays

    on Good Friday

    on Easter Sunday

    on my birthday

  • a special part of a day

    on the morning of September the 11th*

4. Other prepositions

  • after (later than sth.)

    after school

  • ago (how far sth. happened - in the past)

    6 years ago

  • before (earlier than sth.)

    before Christmas

  • between (time that separates two points)

    between Monday and Friday

  • by (not later than a special time)

    by Thursday

  • during (through the whole of a period of time)

    during the holidays

  • for (period of time)

    for three weeks

  • from ... to/from... till/until (two points form a period)

    from Monday to Wednesday

    from Monday till Wednesday

    from Monday until Wednesday

  • past (time of the day)

    23 minutes past 6 (6:23)

  • since (point of time)

    since Monday

  • till/until (no later than a special time)

    till tomorrow

    until tomorrow

  • to (time of the day)

    23 minutes to 6 (5:37)

  • up to (not more than a special time)

    up to 6 hours a day

  • within (during a period of time)

    within a day

* These words are only spoken, not written (date).