Prepositions of Time

Some prepositions of time can also be used to talk about places. In these cases, you will find examples of them referring to time and to place.
Take a look at the prepositions and example sentences below. If there are any words that you don't know, use the dictionary at the bottom right corner of your screen!
at
 
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Time
  • Let's talk about it at breakfast.
  • We will meet at eight o'clock.
Place
  • Lisa is at home.
  • The children are at school.
 
on
 
wedding
 
Time
  • They were very happy on their wedding day.
  • I have an exam on Monday.
Place
  • A bird is sitting on the roof.
  • Your jacket is lying on the chair.
 
in
 
train station
 
Time
  • The train arrives in 20 minutes.
  • People wear sunglasses in summer.
Place
  • My bag is still in the car.
  • Toby is in his room.
 
after
 
watch TV
 
Time
  • You have to go to bed after the next television show.
  • I have to go back to work after lunch.
 
before
 
classroom
 
Time
  • It is good to have breakfast before you go to school.
  • I did not know that before!
 
between
 
jet
 
Time
  • I have two hours between the arrival of my first plane and the departure of the second.
  • Call me between three and four o'clock p.m.
Place
  • The paper lies between these two books.
  • You should not distinguish between men and women here.
 
by
 
library
 
Time
  • I have to read three books by next week.
  • We will have to have cleaned up by the time they come back.
Place
  • The dog always stays by my side.
  • There is a gas station by the road.
 
during
 
barbecue
 
Time
  • The children are told not to talk to much during dinner.
  • The girl fainted during the sports lesson.
 
while
 
cat
 
Time
  • Take good care of my cat while I am on holiday.
  • Please be quiet while I am talking.
 
for
 
nice weather
 
Time
  • We have not had rain for four weeks now.
  • I have not seen you for ages!
 
from … till/until/to
 
dance
 
Time
  • The dancing lessons are from eight to nine o'clock p.m.
  • We usually have warm weather from may until the end of August.
Place
  • Let's take a walk from my home to yours!
  • It takes about five hours to drive from Frankfurt to Munich.
 
past
 
watch
 
Time
  • It is already past eight! Get out of bed!
  • It's ten past nine in the morning.
 
since
 
university
 
Time
  • This building has been a university since 1688.
  • I feel much better since I have stopped eating too many sweets.
 
throughout
 
rain
 
Time
  • We had a lot of rain throughout the summer.
  • My grandfather did not see his family once throughout the war.
 
within
 
laundry
 
Time
  • I have to do all this laundry within one hour.
  • It will be a very short trip. She will be back within a week.
 
to
 
cooker
 
Time
  • The food will be ready at ten to eight! Please switch off the oven!
  • It is five minutes to twelve.
Place
  • Let's go to the pub!
 
 
 
 

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