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Posted on Feb 11, 2016

Carnival time – let´s PARTY with prepositions!!

Carnival time – let´s PARTY with prepositions!!

Prepositions of timeIN, AT, ON.

Study the following examples and try to figure out how and when they are used:


  • Carnival is usually celebrated in February.
  • At Christmas we stay with our family and exchange presents.
  • I start work at 8 o´clock.
  • I normally get my salary on the 28th day of the month.
  • Valentines day is on the 14th February.
  • His birthday is in December.
  • She goes to school in the mornings and does her homework in the evenings.
  • The fashions were terrible in the 1980´s!
  • We go on holiday in the summer because we like the beach.
  • The drinks were served on her arrival.
  • Sometimes I can´t sleep at night if I have drunk too much coffee.
  • I can´t go to the class on Fridays because I have to work.
  • I have to work on Saturday mornings too! GRRRRrrr!
  • I´m reading an excellent book at the moment, I´ll lend it to you.
  • I´m a bit busy at the moment, I´ll be with you in a moment.
  • They did and egg hunt on Easter Sunday.
  • She competed the race in under 2 hours.
  • At the beginning of the year we make plans for the next 12 months.
  • The housing in the 19th century was incredibly bad.
  • Ramadan 2016 will start on Monday, the 6th of June


Use AT with points of time such as times of the day:

at 5pm       at midnight         at breakfast time       at lunch

short holiday periods:

at Easter        at the weekend     at Eid       at Christmas

short periods of time:

at the end of the month        at the start of summer

Certain expressions:

at night        at the moment



Use IN to talk about longer periods of time (months, years, seasons, decades, centuries)

in July     in 1978         in autumn           in the 1990´s      in the 15th century

When we talk about a duration or how long something will be:

in under 2 hours       in a minute      in a few weeks

with parts of the day:

in the morning      in the afternoon      in the evening



Use ON to talk about a specific day, part of a day, or a date:

on Saturday      on Thursday afternoon    on the first day of every month    

on the 12th October   


Don´t use a preposition before YESTERDAY or TOMORROW