What are Prepositions of Time?

Prepositions of time are grammatical words that allow you to talk about a specific time period, like one of the days of the week, seasons, dates, or hours. Prepositions of the time are easily distinguished as they are always used to talk about time rather than places. In this article we cover most used preposition of time along with examples.

Examples:

  • During the pandemic, stores tend to close early at night.
  • The world wide web (www.) was invented in 1989.
  • We go to the supermarket to buy groceries on Sundays.
  • The class ends in an hour and half.
  • The Grand Garden opens from 9am to 5pm.
  • We waited for you until/till the sun set.

Prepositions of time are great for people who write stories, as they can help their readers know when things are taking place in time. Additionally, they can be used in simple communications, work reports, and other situations.

Types of Preposition of Time:

The table below contains most of the prepositions of time, along with examples for each:

Preposition of timeWhen to useExample
OnDaysWe play basketball on Sundays.
Weekends (American English)What do you do on the weekend?
Inmonths / seasons / yearI visited London in April, 2004.
morning / evening / afternoonI like to have omelets in the morning for breakfast.
period of timeThis is the first trip I have had in three years.
AtNightEveryone sleeps at night
Weekend (British English)What did you do at the weekend?
Exact or a particular timeThere’s a meeting at 2.30 this afternoon.
SinceTime in the past until nowI have not gone to the mall since the pandemic started.
ForTo show an amount of timeWe baked the cake for her birthday
Agoback in the pastI was in Africa a week ago.
Beforeat or during a time earlier I brush my teeth before bedtime.
Fromused to show the time when something startsThe Grand Garden opens from 9am to 5pm.
Until/Tillup to (the time that)We waited for you until/till the sun set.
bynot later than; at or beforeHe arrives at work by nine o’clock.
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