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Prepositions: Using "In" for Time, by Dennis Oliver


Prepositions #1:
Using In for Time

 

The preposition in is often used in time phrases.
When in is used in this way, it is followed by noun
phrases that show a general period of time.
The meaning of in + noun phrase is "at some point
during _____ (the period of time)."

Examples:

I'll see you in the morning.

I'm not going to be here in the afternoon.

He lived there in 1996.

U.S. Independence Day is celebrated in July.

The Winter Solstice is in December.


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Special Notes:

1.  

Do not use in with specific clock or
calendar times:

wrong: *I'll see you in 10 o'clock
tomorrow morning.

wrong: *U.S. Independence Day is
in July 4th.

     
2.  

The fixed expression in time means
"not too late."

Examples:

The meeting began at 9:05. He arrived
at 9:03. He was in time for the meeting.

The plane was scheduled to leave at 12:10.
He arrived at 12:15, but the plane hadn't
left. He was late, but he was still in time
for his flight.

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