Prepositions that are used to develop a relationship of time between different parts of the sentence are known as Prepositions of Time.
|MOST COMMONLY USED PREPOSITIONS OF TIME
AT, ON, IN
This preposition is used when a sentence is indicating the exact and accurate time.
I ended working at 7 PM.
My shift begins at 9 AM.
The restaurant closes at 12 AM.
There are certain exceptions of time that specify the time but in an indirect way. For instance, at Christmas, at Easter, in the evening, at the weekend.
It is used to highlight the mentioned date or time of the day.
Emma will see her on Tuesday.
She broke a piece of equipment on Friday morning.
David has to attend a meeting on 27 December.
It determines an unspecified an indefinite period of time such as months, centuries, seasons, years, etc.
I will get a bonus in March.
Lisa was born in 2004.
I love playing volleyball in the sun.
Note: a few commonly used terminologies are – in the morning, in a few minutes, in two years, in the evening, in the afternoon, in six days, etc.
FROM…. TO, TILL/UNTIL SINCE, FOR,
These terms indicate a specific time frame with the starting and the end.
I worked there from 2000 to 2015.
I usually work from Monday to Friday.
I will stay there from 11 AM TO 5 PM.
These two words are used to indicate a specific or an unspecific time/event up to a point.
He will not return until Sunday.
Wait for me until I come back.
I will not give up until I succeed
I will not be there until Friday.
Since it highlights a specific time frame beginning in the past and continued in the present.
Linda has been in the town since Monday.
She has been suffering from cold since Thursday.
Jade and Charlotte have been friends since childhood.
It is used to indicate a period of time or an amount of time from the past, present or future.
Brian stayed in London for five days.
I will be staying there for six months.
I will work with him for a year
He was sitting there for a long time.
BEFORE, AFTER, DURING, BY
It indicates and highlights a prior event or a span of time from a point.
Kate was very confused before the interview.
I want to leave before dinner.
These fast ballers should not get out before the tea break.
Before going, close all the lights.
It determines an event or period of time from a point to another. This type of preposition is totally the opposite of before.
Jade felt doubtful after the interview.
I want to leave the party after dinner.
We went home after playing volleyball.
During is used to determine a period of time throughout the time lap or duration of any occasion or act.
Anna was sleeping during the class.
They don’t talk during lunch.
I don’t usually smoke during official gatherings.
It means within the extent or period of; during something.
I will finish the task by Sunday.
She will return by 8 PM.
I will give the feedback by 2 PM.