Prepositions of time
show the time something happens. For example:
"I get up at 7.00" shows the time
I get up.
Some of the most
common prepositions of time are: in, on, at,
In is used
for morning, afternoon, and evening. For example:
- I study Japanese in the afternoon.
- He gets up early in the morning.
In is also
used for other periods of time, including months,
seasons, years, centuries, and ages. For example:
- My birthday is in March.
- The Portuguese came to Japan in 1542.
- Flowers grow in spring.
On is almost
always used for some kind of day. For example:
- My birthday is on March 29th.
- I go to church on Sunday.
- We visit my family on New Year's Day.
Compare: He gets up early in the morning.
But: He gets up early on Monday
At is used
for a particular time. For example:
- I study Spanish at 2.00.
- He gets up at 7.30.
- I come home at lunchtime.
At is also used for used for night.
Compare: I sleep in the afternoon.
But: I sleep at night.
From - to
From and to
are used to show the start and end of a defined
period of time. For example:
- I work from 9.00 to 5.00.
- Our vacation is from January 5th to February