Refresher no. 4 on the correct use of words

The following prepositions are used to express time: about, at, in, on.

Choose the appropriate preposition to complete each sentence.

  1. The faculty meeting will start (about, at about, at, in) nine o’clock. (precise time)
  2. The visitors will arrive (at, about, at about, in) three o’clock tomorrow. (approximate time)
  3. Please be here (at, on, in) the morning of Saturday.
  4. Graduation is scheduled (at, in, on) August this year.
  5. What dishes will you prepare for the party (at, on, in,) Friday?
  6. We celebrate Independence Day ( in, on, at) June 12 every year.
  7. Msgr. Victor B. Bendico, former vicar general of the Archdiocese of Capiz, was appointed bishop of Baguio (in, on, at, about) 2017.
  8. My bougainvillea blooms luxuriantly (in, at, on, about) summer.
  9. The Petrarchan sonnet became popular (in, on, at, around) the 16th century.
  10. I prefer to read novels (in, on, at) the afternoon.
    ANSWERS
  11. at
  12. about
  13. in
  14. in
  15. on
  16. on
  17. in
  18. in
  19. in
  20. in
    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).*