- at for a PRECISE TIME
- in for MONTHS, YEARS, CENTURIES and LONG PERIODS
- on for DAYS and DATES
|PRECISE TIME||MONTHS, YEARS, CENTURIES and LONG PERIODS||DAYS and DATES|
|at 3 o'clock||in May||on Sunday|
|at 10.30am||in summer||on Tuesdays|
|at noon||in the summer||on 6 March|
|at dinnertime||in 1990||on 25 Dec. 2010|
|at bedtime||in the 1990s||on Christmas Day|
|at sunrise||in the next century||on Independence Day|
|at sunset||in the Ice Age||on my birthday|
|at the moment||in the past/future||on New Year's Eve|
- I have a meeting at 9am.
- The shop closes at midnight.
- Jane went home at lunchtime.
- In England, it often snows in December.
- Do you think we will go to Jupiter in the future?
- There should be a lot of progress in the next century.
- Do you work on Mondays?
- Her birthday is on 20 November.
- Where will you be on New Year's Day?
|at night||The stars shine at night.|
|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||He's not home at present. Try later.|
|in the morning||on Tuesday morning|
|in the mornings||on Saturday mornings|
|in the afternoon(s)||on Sunday afternoons|
|in the evening(s)||on Monday evening|
- 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)
|in||in months||in July; in September|
|year||in 1985; in 1999|
|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|
|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
|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*|
|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
|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
|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|