Prepositions of time

We use prepositions of time to say when things take place.

Notes

Here's a short list of prepositions of time:

  • On
  • In
  • By...

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Prepositions of time - Video

WATCH THE VIDEO AND REPEAT:

"ON SUNDAY I WAKE UP EARLY IN THE MORNING.

I COOK WITH MY DAD FROM 10 TO 12. I USUALLY HELP HIM FOR TWO HOURS.

LUNCH IS ALWAYS READY BY 1 P.M.

BEFORE LUNCH, WE WASH OUR HANDS

AND AFTER LUNCH WE WATCH A MOVIE."

AT

We use AT for a PRECISE TIME of the day:

  • I wake up at 7. - Mi sveglio alle 7.
  • I eat at noon. - Mangio a mezzogiorno.
  • I'm not ready at this moment. - In questo momento non sono pronto.

ON

We use ON for DAYS and DATES:

  • On 10 March. - Il 10 marzo.
  • We are closed on Sunday. - Siamo chiusi di domenica.
  • I open my presents on Christmas day.

IN

We use IN for MONTHS, YEARS and SEASONS:

  • My birthday is in July. - Il mio compleanno è a luglio.
  • I was born in 1996. - Sono nato nel 1996.
  • In summer. - In estate.

Watch out!

We use IN with MORNING, AFTERNOON and EVENING:

  • She wakes up early in the morning. - Si sveglia presto la mattina.
  • He studies in the afternoon. - Studia nel pomeriggio.
  • They watch TV in the evening. - Guardano la tv di sera.

BY - UNTIL/TILL

We use BY for one specific event that will happen before a certain time in the future:

  • I will do it by next Monday. - Lo farò entro lunedì.

We use UNTIL/TILL for an event that will continue and then stop at a certain time in the future:

  • I'm staying here until/till tomorrow. - Starò qui fino a domani.

BEFORE - AFTER

We use BEFORE to say that an event took place earlier than another event:

  • Before work, Mark eats breakfast. - Mark fa colazione prima di lavorare.

We use AFTER to say that an event took place later than another event:

  • After work, Lisa goes home and eats dinner. - Lisa va a casa e cena dopo il lavoro.

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