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Study Tip: Prepositions of time: in, on, at

30th October 2016

Not sure which preposition to use before times, days, months and years? Want to learn how to use these parts of speech? Or simply want some practice? We can help!

It’s time for some #StudyTips, and today we’re focusing on prepositions of time.


Here is a table comparing the uses:


Months: in January / in May

Seasons: in summer / in winter
Years: in 1978 / in 2016
Centuries: in the 20th century
Times of day: in the morning / in the afternoon

Days of the week: on Friday
Days + parts of days: on Monday evening / on Sunday mornings
Dates: on December 2nd
Special days: on my birthday / on New Year’s Eve

Clock times: at 9.30 a.m. / at 7 o’clock
Festivals: at Christmas / at Easter
Exceptions: at night / at the weekend





When we say last, next, every, this, we do not use at, in, on:

  • Where did you go in last summer?
  • My birthday is on next Monday.
  • I visit my sister at every Christmas.
  • I had a wonderful dinner in this afternoon.

Test your knowledge and write your answers in the comments (in, on, at, nothing)

  1. I finish school late___Mondays.
  2. In Wales, it is beautiful___autumn.
  3. What do you like doing___  the weekend?
  4. My exam is___the 10th of May.
  5. Are you free ___the evening?
  6. The movie starts___9 o’clock.
  7. Let’s meet___ Saturday evening.
  8. I stay with my family___Christmas
  9. What did you do last___Friday?
  10. I was born___1990. 

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