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Time expressions

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Look at these time expressions. It is important to use the right preposition when using time expressions.

at + the exact time 
I usually wake up at half past six.

in + a period of time
She started working in the morning and left late in the evening.

on + a day  I was born on 13th June 1968
He had an amazing party on his birthday.

for + a length of time
I waited for Sarah for two hours.

since + a point in time 
I’ve been here since eleven o’clock.

There is no preposition before last, next, this/that day, every, all, whole, yesterday, tomorrow, today.
He arrived from France last night
I have a meeting with him next Monday

Lesson by Tristan, English teacher at EC Malta English school

Choose the right preposition for the following (-) is for no preposition:

  • 1) I spoke to Peter __ last Saturday.




  • 2) I met John __ yesterday afternoon.




  • 3) We are leaving __ eight fifteen.




  • 4) Have you received the letter we sent you __ 31st August?




  • 5) He has been here __ two weeks.




  • 6) He has been here __ last Monday.




  • 7) __ Sunday we are spending the whole day at the beach.




  • 8) I think I'm going to be very busy __ September. It’s when school starts.