Prepositions Exercise (189)

The prepositions at, on, and in are used to show relationships in time. Choose the appropriate preposition for the blanks in each of the following sentences.

  • The couple often lay down ___ the afternoon for a nap.

  • When we lived at the seashore, we went bathing every morning ___ 6 a.m.

  • You’re running out of time; didn’t you say the final draft is due ___ March?

  • Charles John Huffam Dickens was born ___ 7 February 1812.

  • I’ll meet Hugo ___ lunch.

Answers and Explanations

1. The couple often lay down in the afternoon for a nap.

In is used when talking about a portion of the day.

2. When we lived at the seashore, we went bathing every morning at 6 a.m.

At is used when you talk about a specific time.

3. You’re running out of time; didn’t you say the final draft is due in March?

In is used when talking about a specific month.

4. Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on 7 February 1812.

On is used when talking about a certain date.

5. I’ll meet Hugo at lunch.

At is used when you talk about a specific time (i.e., lunch time).

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