USE OF PREPOSITIONS ON TIME AND IN TIMEOn time: punctual, no late. If In time (for something/ to dosomething happens on time, it something)= soon enough:happens at the time that was • Will you be home in time forplaned: dinner?(=soon enough for dinner).• The 11:45 train left on time. • I want to be home in time to• The conference was well see the game on television. organized. Everything began The opposite of in time is too and ended on time. late: The opposite of on time is late: I got home too late to see theBe on time . Don’t be late. game of television.
At the end and in the endAt the end (of something)=at the In the end= finallytime when something ends. for We use in the end when we sayexample: what the final result of situationAt the end of the month. was:At the end of the movie. • We had a lot of problems withAt the end of January . our car. We sold it in the end.At the end of the course. • He got angrier and angrier. InAt the end of the game. the end he just walked out of the room.At the end of the concert. The opposite of the end is The opposite of at the end usually at first. (of..) is at the beginning (of..)
In / at / onIn In a room Examples: In a building There’s somebody in the room. In a box What do you have in your hand?. In a garden When we were in Ecuador , we In a town/ spent a few days in Gayaquil. city There were some people In a country swimming in the pool. My parents lives in a small In a ocean town. In a river In a pool
At At the bus stop At the door. Do you know that the man standing at the bus stop. At the intersection At the church. Turn left at the traffic light. At the front the desk. When you live the hotel, please your key at the front desk
on On the ceiling On the door There´s a dirty mark on the wall. On the table On the floor I sat on the floor. On the wall On the chair On the grass. There are two animals on a small On island. island. On a page. On the bulletin board Have you seen the notice on the bulletin board.
Compare in and at: There were a lot of people in the store. It was very crowded Go along this road, them turn left at the store. Compare in and on:There is some water in the bottle. in the bottle.There is a label on the bottle on the bottle. Compare at and on: There is somebody at the door. Should I go and see who it is? There is a sing on the door. It says “do not disturb”
to / at/ in/ intoWe say go/come/travel, etc… to a place or event .for example: go to China go to bed come to my house Go to back to Italy go to the bank be taken to the hospital Return to Boston go to a concert be sent to prison Welcome (somebody) to a place drive to the airport Visit to Taken to Compare to (for movement) and in/at(for position): They are going to France. But They live in France. Can you come to the party ? But I’ll see you at the party.
HomeWe say : We do not say “to home”• Go home • I’m tired. Let’s go home• Come home now.• Get home • I met Linda on my way• Arrive home home .• On the way home, etc• (no preposition)
IntoGO INTO, GET INTO,…..ETC =ENTER (A ROOM/ A BUILDING/ A CAR ETC) With some verbs (especially go/get/put) we often use in.- I opened the door, wentinto the room, and sat The opposite of into is out of:down. -She got in the car and drove away- A bird flew into the kitchen She got out of the carthrough the window. -I read the letter and put it back in the envelope. and went into a shop.