Friday, August 10, 2007

Are you on time?

Linked to my last post is the use of "in," "on," and "at" where time is concerned. These three words are confusing too. The most basic differences I discovered are:

"At" would generally refer to a specific time: "There's a meeting at 2pm."

"On" would refer to a general amount of time: "There's a meeting on Friday afternoon."

"In" refers to longer periods on time: "There will be a meeting in September."

Now, what about "in time" versus "on time?" "On time" is used when you're talking about a specific point in time ("I made it on time for the party") while "in time" is used for a longer period of time ("Will you arrive in time for the December holidays").

The logic of all this can be a bit confusing. You could argue that "in time" can be used for a party. Some bacchanalian feasts do last several days. Also, you could ask "will you be on time for the December holiday?" as some unlucky people only get one day free in December (too bad for them).

Have a happy Sunday!

1 comment:

Quincy John said...

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bakit ngayon ko lang to na discover.

thanks thanks.