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Video Lesson – Using At/On/In To Talk About Time

by Oli Redman on 23 September, 2014 , No comments

At, on and in can be difficult to use: at Saturday, on Saturday or in Saturday? At my birthday, on my birthday or in my birthday? Find out more about how to use at/on/in in this free English video lesson.

1. Use On for Days and Dates

  • On Thursday
  • On my birthday
  • On July 15th

2. Use In for Months, Seasons, Years, and Parts of the Day

  • In December
  • In winter
  • In 2005
  • In the evening

3. Use At for Times and Festivals

  • At 6.30
  • At New Year’s
  • At Easter

4. Exceptions and Unusual Examples

We say in the morning, in the evening, but at night.

British people usually say at the weekend. Americans say on the weekend, so both are possible.

5. Don’t Use At, On or In with This, Next or Last

  • This morning not in this morning
  • Last night not at last night
  • Next Wednesday not on next Wednesday
  • Also, don’t use at/on/in with yesterday, today or tomorrow.

Add at/on/in where necessary

  1. What did you do your birthday?
  2. Let’s meet Tuesday 6.00 the evening.
  3. I didn’t do anything yesterday, but next week I’m going on holiday.
  4. They got married June.
  5. She arrived two years ago, 2010, and she’s leaving this winter.

Can you answer the questions?

  1. When is your birthday?
  2. What time do you get up?
  3. Which year and season were you born?
  4. What days do you not work?
  5. What is the day and date tomorrow?
  1. What did you do on your birthday?
  2. Let’s meet on Tuesday at 6.00 in the evening.
  3. I didn’t do anything yesterday, but next week I’m going on holiday (no change).
  4. They got married in June.
  5. She arrived two years ago, in 2010, and she’s leaving this winter.

[6-10 are example answers—yours will be different!]

  1. My birthday is on November 10th (Note: we write November 10th, but we say “November the tenth”).
  2. I get up at 7.30.
  3. I was born in winter in 1984.
  4. I don’t work on Sundays.
  5. Tomorrow is Thursday, August 15th, 2013 (Pronounced: “August the fifteenth, two thousand and thirteen”).
Oli RedmanVideo Lesson – Using At/On/In To Talk About Time