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What are Time Prepositions? Grammar Review Video


Video English LessonsWhat are Time Prepositions?

We use prepositions to help refer to time. Time prepositions are truly part of history! Time prepositions are part of everyday speech used in combination with other words.

While there may be definite rules for time, it is better to learn time expressions by heart. Study the most common uses and examples first!

Here are Common Prepositions used with Time:

On, in, at, since, for, ago, before, to, past, till, until, by.

On: On Monday, On Tuesdays, On Wednesday, On weekends etc.

In: In January, In summer, In the morning, In 2017, In an hour.

At: At night, At the weekend, At half past, At three pm.

Since: Since 1972, Since the party, since that time, since yesterday.

For: For three years, for twenty minutes, for one week.

Ago: Five years ago, two months ago, one week ago, two hours ago.

Before: Before January, before we met, before last year.

To: Fifteen minutes to five, ten minutes to the hour.

Past: Five minutes past the hour, ten minutes past five.

Till: From Tuesday till Friday, From August till October.

Until: From eight until five, from Wednesday until Saturday.

By: By tomorrow, by Monday, by two o’clock, by five today.

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Time Prepositions Everyday Dialog.

Some of these words
might also be used as
adverbs, as well.
“On.” On Monday.
On Tuesdays.
On Wednesday.
On weekends.
Hey. What’s the difference
between “on Monday” and
and “on Mondays?”
Well. On Monday,
you’re referring to
next Monday.
Unless we’re talking
with time.
“Last Monday
I was at work.”
“Next Monday,
in the future,
I will be
on the beach.” So.
The question here is
when you use
a day of the week
with either an “S”
or without.
With the,
the without the “S”
it means one day.
So. On Monday.
“Next Monday I will be
on the beach.”
However. On Mondays,
or in this case.
“On Tuesdays
I am always at the park.”
That means every day.
With the “S.” So.
“What do you usually do
on Tuesdays?” “Well.
I’m usually at the park.”
“What do you do on Tuesday?”
Or. “What
are you doing on
Tuesday?” “What
will you be
doing on Tuesday?”
I will be of course at
at the beach.”
On Wednesday or
on weekends. Again.
When you add the “S”
you mean everyone
without the “S”
you mean just one.
“In.” In January.
In summer.
In the morning.
In 2017.
in an hour.
One of the ways
I teach this particular
part of grammar is,
when we talk about
“In January.”
Why do we do that
exactly? Well.
I think it’s
because there’s the
month December,
and there’s a month
of February.
In other words.
Somewhere in January,
because we have limits.
The same applies
with summer.
Sometime in summer.
It means the hot month
of the year, not
spring and not winter, or
fall or autumn.
In the morning.
Why? Well. Because.
We had the evening
and we will have
the afternoon. So. Again.
There is a limit
to that time period.
Maybe that’s why we use “in.”
In 2017 because
we had 2016
and we will have.
In an hour.
That’s a little trickier,
isn’t it, because,
I really don’t know.
“Hey. I’ll meet you
in an hour.”
That’s a very
common phrase.
I’ll meet you in
20 minutes.
I’ll meet you
in 5, 6, 7, 8
hours. Something like that.
Why do we do that?
Well. It’s a time expression.
And it’s used
everyday in English.
What’s the reason for that
I don’t know,
I don’t think
anybody does.
Hey. At night.
At the weekend.
At half past.
At 3 p.m. Now.
In the morning.
In the afternoon.
In the evening.
At night.
That’s how we use
those prepositions?
At the weekend is
British English.
On the weekend is
American English.
There’s a little difference there. Right?
At half past.
Now. We’re talking,
again, about time
at half past
the hour or
maybe 1:30, 2:30, 3:30.
Something like that.
At 3 p.m.
It means exact.
I will meet you
at 3 p.m.
On the dot. Right?
So. Again.
At 3 p.m. etc.
Since. Since 1972.
Since the party.
Since that time.
Since yesterday.
You’ll notice that we’re talking
about 1 point
in time with
the word “Since.”
“For”
For three years,
for twenty minutes,
for one week.
We use “for”
with time expressions.
Ago. Five years ago.
Two months ago.
One week ago.
Two hours ago.
And we use the word.
“ago” with
time expressions.
Very commonly in English.
“Before.” Before January.
Before we met.
Before last year.
That’s pretty easy. Right?
What about “to?”
15 minutes
to five.
Ten minutes
to the hour.
And in that context,
it really means before.
Fifteen minutes
to five o’clock.
Or, 15 minutes
before five.
The same with the other.
Ten minutes
to the hour. Or
ten minutes before
the hour.
We might say
ten minutes
before the top
of the hour.
“Past.”
Five minutes past
the hour.
Ten minutes
past five.
We might also use “after.”
Five minutes
after the hour.
Ten minutes
after five.
“Till.”
From Tuesday
till Friday.
That is a continuous
activity or fact.
“From,” “Till.”
Those are
fairly simple. I hope.
From August
till October.
“Until.”
From 8:00
until 5:00.
Very often “Until” and
“Till” are used
the same way.
From Wednesday
until Saturday.
Those two are interchangeable.
By tomorrow.
By Monday.
By two o’clock.
By five, by five o’clock today.
So. It means
somethings going to happen,
before or up
until that time.
I’ll be there
by Monday,
maybe Sunday, I don’t know.
Have fun with
prepositions.