time and dates


We use phrases with prepositions as time adverbials:

• We use at with:

clock times: at seven o’clock - at nine thirty - at fifteen hundred hours
mealtimes: at breakfast - at lunchtime - at teatime

… and in these phrases:

at night - at the weekend - at Christmas - at Easter

• We use in with:

seasons of the year: in spring/summer/autumn/winter - in the spring /summer/autumn/winter
years and centuries: in 2009 -in 1998 - in the twentieth century
months: in January/February/March etc.
parts of the day: in the morning - in the afternoon - in the evening.

• We use on with:

days: on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday etc - on Christmas day - on my birthday.
dates: on the thirty first of July - on June 15th

Note: We say at night when we are talking about all of the night:

When there is no moon it is very dark at night.
He sleeps during the day and works at night.

but we say in the night when we are talking about a short time during the night:

He woke up twice in the night.
I heard a funny noise in the night.

We use the adverb ago with the past simple to say how long before the time of speaking something happened:

I saw Jim about three weeks ago.
We arrived a few minutes ago.

We can put time phrases together:

We will meet next week at six o’clock on Monday.
I heard a funny noise at about eleven o’clock last night.
It happened last week at seven o’clock on Monday night.



Hello, is it right to say?

1- I called him at six o'clock in the morning
2- We visited him on Monday morning.
3- I will be on holiday on Monday, June 13th, 2014 To July 14th,2014.
4- you have to take this medicine on the second week.
5- I will take the present with me at breakfast time at six o'clock.
6- I will finish this work in spring.

Hi sdgnour2014,

Sentences 1, 2 and 5 are correct. In 3, I'd suggest "from Monday...." instead of "on Monday....". In 4, I'd suggest "in" instead of "on", and in 6 "in the spring" instead of "in spring".

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Dear
Is this sentece is correct or not? Please explane it if one is wrong.

Hi meheee2008uiu,

Which sentence do you mean?  It looks like you may have forgotton to include the sentence which you wanted to ask about!  Please reply to this, including the sentence you are not sure about.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Sorry Peter, I have really forgotten to mention the sentence. It is "Furthermore, we also committed, all of we will meet in the next Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Sylpocola Academy".

Hello meheee2008uiu,

I think I've understood what you mean in your sentence. Here is what I would suggest: "Furthermore, all of us committed to meeting next Monday at 6:30pm at Sylpocola Academy."

I wanted to point out that when referring to a day of the week, the preposition on is generally used. In this sentence, on was not used because when next or last precedes a day (or other period of time), generally no preposition is used. If you have questions about any other of the changes I made, please ask and we'll be happy to explain them.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,
Thank you for reply.I am happy but I have a few questions.Firstly, you have modified my sentence although it is same meaning as my sentence's. However, in my sentence, has any grammatical mistake? Secondly, is all of we grammatically right in my sentence? At last, can I use ones instead of all of we in that sentence?

Hi meheee2008uiu,

Furthermore, we also committed, all of we will meet in the next Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Sylpocola Academy. (original)

Furthermore, all of us committed to meeting next Monday at 6:30pm at Sylpocola Academy. (corrected)

Your original sentence is not difficult to understand, but it has some errors. First of all, the verb commit takes the preposition to after it, and then prepositions require a verb that follows in the -ing form. Verbs in the -ing form don't normally have a subject, so "all of we" is not used (also note that since of is a preposition, the object form of the pronoun must be used (us instead of we)). Since I had removed the idea of "all of us" from your sentence, I put it at the beginning, replacing "we" with "all of us". I removed the word also because it is redundant - the same idea is already expressed with the word furthermore.

I think I've explained the reasons for my changes, but if anything is unclear, please let me know!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Can i use in/on with....as below

in 15 January 2013

on Thursday, 12 September 2013