We use prepositions of time to say when things take place.
Here's a short list of prepositions of time:
Table of contents of this lesson: Prepositions of time
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to use prepositions of time
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