Prepositions of time explained in English Beginners Course Lesson 19

Lesson 19


This tutorial is focusing on more prepositions  of time: in, at, on.


1/Sentence Practice

The Cinema Complex

London has some very interesting cinemas. There are films from all over the world showing in Leicester Square.

Peter buys a ticket from the machine. It is quicker than waiting in a queue.

Admission to the cinema is quite expensive, you pay for the film.Then you buy some popcorn. Peter meets an old friend from Work.

Hello David how are you?  What are you doing here?I’m very well.I work here I help run the cinema.

What do you do? I have an internet marketing agency. That’s very different. Not really It’s all the rage.

I suppose so. Especially these days It’s all about selling. What time do you finish work?

I finish at around six o’clock. Why do you ask?

Well, I’m in town for the day and we can have a coffee or a bite to eat.

 I am watching a film from France in the original version. Then after we can catch up.

Peter continues his visit to the cinema complex. He wants to see if he can understand without the subtitles..”

The Cinema Complex


2/Vocabulary Practice

  • some very interesting
  • cinemas
  • film – films
  • showing
  • from all over the world
  • to buy a ticket
  • from the machine
  • it is quicker
  • than waiting
  • in a queue
  • Admission 
  • to be quite expensive
  • to pay for the film
  • to buy some popcorn
  • to meet a friend
  • to run the cinema
  • internet marketing agency
  • to be different
  • that’s very different
  • not really
  • it’s all the same rage
  • to suppose
  • especially
  • It’s all about 
  • selling
  • to finish work
  • at around six o’clock
  • Why do you ask?
  • to be in town
  • for the day
  • to have a coffee
  • to have a bite
  • to watch a film
  • original version
  • to catch up
  • we can catch up
  • peter continues his visit
  • the cinema complex
  • without subtitles


Prepositions of time

Let’s learn the following prepositions of time!

Prepositions of time:

  • in
  • at
  • on

Examples with “IN”

in” is generally used for

  • centuries: in the 1900s /  in the 15th century
  • decades: in the 90s
  • years: in 1984, in 72 BC, in 1984, in AD 375
  • months: in January, in August
  • weeks: in 4 weeks, in a fortnight (in 2 weeks)
  • parts of the day: in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening
  • seasons: in (the) summer, in (the) spring, in (the) winter, in (the) autumn

Examples with “ON”

“on” is generally used for:

  • days: on my birthday, on Monday, on New Year’s Eve
  • dates or specific parts of the day: on 23/03/2018, on Sunday morning, on their anniversary
  • holidays (containing the word Day): on Christmas day, on Easter Monday, on Independence Day

Examples with “AT”

“at” is generally used for:

  • weekends: at the weekend
  • hours and times: at 12 o’clock, at 9am, at 9pm, at noon, at midnight, at midday, at night, at sunset, at sunrise…
  • holidays (not containing the word Day): at Easter, at Christmas…

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

Are there interesting cinemas in London?
I don’t know.

Are there films from all over the world?

There are films from France and from Italy.

Is admission to the cinema cheap?

No, admission to the cinema is expensive.

Can you buy popcorn at the cinema?

Yes, you can buy popcorn at the cinema.

Does Peter know David?

Yes, Peter  knows David.

Are they old friends?

Yes, they are old friends.

Is it my birthday?

No, it is your birthday on Monday.

Do you like going to the cinema?

Yes, I suppose so especially at the weekend.

What do you do?

I work in an Internet marketing agency.

What are you watching?

I am at the cinema watching a film.

Exercises Lesson 19

Comprehension Practice

Vocabulary Practice

Grammar Practice