What is Prepositions of Time? Prepositions of Time Examples and Exercises

What is Prepositions of Time? Prepositions of Time Examples and Exercises

Prepositions of Time


What is a Preposition of Time?

A preposition of time is a preposition that allows you to talk about a certain period, such as a calendar date, one of the days of the week, or the actual moment that something happens. Prepositions of time and prepositions of place are the same terms, although they are employed in distinct ways.


  • At- This time preposition is used to talk about clock times, holidays, and festivals, as well as other highly definite periods with exceptions such as “at night.”


  • In-Months, seasons, years, centuries, general times of day, and lengthier periods, such as “in the past,” are all discussed with this preposition of time.


  • On-This temporal preposition is used to talk about certain days of the week or sections of days of the week, dates, and special days like “on New Year’s Day.”



These were the basic time prepositions. Here are some examples about these three:

  • My birthday is in
  • Lots of birds usually migrate to hot places in spring and autumn.
  • My lovely mother was born in
  • Dinner is that is generally eaten at the night.
  • My parents got married in
  • Our team’s vacation starts on Tuesday.
  • We are going to the cinema on Saturday night.
  • My brother Max was born on November 1st.
  • Our college always has a huge celebration on New Year’s Eve.
  • Meet him at 6:30 pm.
  • Now that my lovely grand grandfather is older, he no longer drives at night.


No Prepositions with Tomorrow, Yesterday, Next, and Last

Do not use on with the words tomorrow or yesterday. Similarly, do not use at, in, or on with any of the expressions listed above when they follow the words next or last.

Here are the examples:

  • I went to the theatre on yesterday. (Not Correct)
  • I went to the theatre yesterday. (Correct)


  • I went to the theatre on last Friday. (Not Correct)
  • I went to the theatre lost Friday. (Correct)


  • I graduated from college in last July. (Not Correct)
  • I graduated from college last July. (Correct)


Functional Time Prepositions

The time prepositions that follow have more practical meaning and illustrate how two or more occurrences are related in time.

Before- Before school, Jane eats breakfast.

From…to- Jane studies from 7 pm to 9 pm.

From…until/till- Jane studies from 7 pm until 9 pm.

For- Jane studies for 2 hours.

During- During the day, Jane eats a small snack and lunch.

By- By 5 pm Jane is quite hungry one more time…

After- After school, Jane goes to a restaurant and eats dinner with her friends.

In- Jane eats three times in twelve hours.

To vs. Until vs. Till

Although both to and till communicate identical ideas, there is a variation in how they are used. To is a preposition that must be followed by a noun, most often a time like 3:45 PM.

Because until is both a preposition and an adverb, it is more adaptable. Any time noun or even a whole phrase can be followed by till. If you’re unsure, use till, and it will always be correct.

Till is a short, less formal version of until.

Here are some examples:

  • Leila stayed from 7:00 to 8:00.
  • Leila stayed from 7:00 until 8:00.
  • Leila stayed in the room until the end.
  • Leila stayed in the room till the end.
  • Leila stayed until every person in the room had left.
  • Leila stayed till every person in the room had left.