The following prepositions are used to express time: about, at, in, on.
Choose the appropriate preposition to complete each sentence.
- The faculty meeting will start (about, at about, at, in) nine o’clock. (precise time)
- The visitors will arrive (at, about, at about, in) three o’clock tomorrow. (approximate time)
- Please be here (at, on, in) the morning of Saturday.
- Graduation is scheduled (at, in, on) August this year.
- What dishes will you prepare for the party (at, on, in,) Friday?
- We celebrate Independence Day ( in, on, at) June 12 every year.
- Msgr. Victor B. Bendico, former vicar general of the Archdiocese of Capiz, was appointed bishop of Baguio (in, on, at, about) 2017.
- My bougainvillea blooms luxuriantly (in, at, on, about) summer.
- The Petrarchan sonnet became popular (in, on, at, around) the 16th century.
- I prefer to read novels (in, on, at) the afternoon.
TIPS TO REMEMBER
Use AT to express specific time. (See sentence 1).
Examples: at 2 p.m., at night, at noon, at lunch
-Use IN, however, for the following: IN the morning, IN the afternoon, IN the evening. (See sentences 3 and 10).
Use IN to express a longer period of time. (See sentences 4, 7, 8, and 9).
Use ON for days of the week (See sentence 5.); specific dates/holidays (See sentence 6).
Other examples: ON Christmas Day, ON Mother’s Day, ON May 4, 2021
Avoid using AT ABOUT for approximate time. Use ABOUT instead.(See sentence 2).*