Prepositions of time can be used in the following ways:

in: with longer periods: He started studying in October last year.

at: with times of the day: She has a doctor's appointment at 4 pm.

on: with dates and days: Mark is arriving on Saturday.

during: for a period in which something happens: During his exam, he was called in to the principal's office.

for: to tell how long something lasts: She was out of the office for 5 days.

since: to describe a point in time up to now: I havent't spoken to him since Friday.



Prepositions of time

When we talk about time in English, we often use the prepositions in, on or at.


IN: We use in with parts of the day, and with months, seasons and years.

                in the evening, in the morning, in the afternoon

                in the summer, in the spring, in the winter

                in June, in July, in December

                in 1988, in 2013, in 1776

ON: We use on with dates and days

               on Monday, on Wednesday, on Saturday

               on his birthday, on Christmas Day

               on March 16th      

AT: We use at for times of the day, and with meals and melatimes:

               at 2 p.m., at seven o'clock

               at lunchtime, at dinner, at breakfast

Prepositions: To / At / In

Complete the sentences below by using a preposition (to/at/in) + one of the following words.

- hospital; - work; - school; - bed; - university; - prison, - work

a) Lisa didn't go out last weekend. She stayed _________.

b) Mark never gets up before 8 am. It's 7.15 am now, so he is still _____________.


By or Until?


Fill in by or until in the following sentences.

a) Have you paid the electric bill? It has to be paid ____ Friday.

b) We can move into our new house next week. We’re staying at my parent’s ____ then.

Prepositional Phrases

Setzen Sie bitte die richtigen Präpositionen in die Lücken ein.


1. I would prefer to stay at home ____ going out.

  • instead than
  • instead from
  • instead to
  • instead of


2. _____ my colleagues, I would like to thank our supervisor for his help.

  • In behalf of
  • To behalf of
  • On behalf of
  • From behalf of