18.03.2003 // Time // by Tatyana Chepkova
Предлоги в реке времени
Prepositions are a nightmare of those who study English! Let's try and straighten out a tangle of prepositions with different time periods.
There is a general rule: at is used with short time periods, within the bound of a day, on is used for days, and we use in with longer periods from month to ages.
at+time of a dayat 6.00 p.m.
at the moment
Note: at Christmas, at weekend.
on+days (dates and weekdays)on Sunday
on 21 August
on my birthday
on Christmas day
in+ages, eras, centuries, years, seasons, monthsin Middle Ages
in the 19th century
Note: in the evening, in the morning, in the afternoon.
Note: in the evening but on Sunday evening.
Do not use any prepositions before last, next, this, every (last month, this Friday, next spring, every year).