Cours d'Anglais : les prépositions in, at, on
In English, we use several prepositions to describe when something occurs or when we do something. Look at the example :
We use the preposition in before years, months and seasons. For example
I bought my car in 1999
I was born in September
In the summer, many people are on holiday
We also use in to describe a part of the day. For example :
In the afternoon, I eat lunch
Finally, in is used to describe a time in the future
In three days, our negotiation will be finished
We use the proposition on before days and dates. Look at the following examples :
On weddnesday, I have a meeting.
On june 16, I am on vacation
We also use on before holidays and important events
On the last day of negotiation, we had a cocktail
On Independence Day, nobody works
We use the preposition at before clock times or meal times. Look at the following examples:
The meeting will conclude at 6PM
We spoke at lunch
Grammar exercise :
Frank is planning a business lunch. Decide if you need in, on or at ?
Frank : Hi Julia are you available  january 6 for lunch
Julia : that's a Thursday. I have my weekly staff meeting  Thursdays
Frank : well I was thinking of organising a business lunch that afternoon  1 pm. Could you re-schedule your meeting?
Julia : I am not sure that's  three weeks, isn't it?Frank : yes I would like to have lunch with several of our contacts to celebrate the conclusion of our negotiation. We finished  the end of last week.
Julia : all right. I suppose that I have the staff meeting  the morning. What restaurant are we going to ?
Frank : I was thinking about the one just across the street. I ate there  lunchtime today and it was excellent
Julia : that sounds fine then. See you  the 6th
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