Carnival time – let´s PARTY with prepositions!!
Prepositions of time – IN, 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
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