Daisy is at home. She has a note for Sophie from the headmaster …


We use many different prepositions for talking about time. Here we are looking at: in, on, at, during and for.

We use in, on and at for lots of different times. Here’s a table comparing the uses:

in on at

Months: in January / in April
Seasons: in spring / in winter
Years: in 1984 / in 2015
Centuries: in the 20th century
Times of day: in the morning / in the evening
Longer periods of time: in the past / in the 1990s / in the holidays

Days of the week: on Monday
Days + parts of days: on Tuesday afternoon / on Saturday mornings
Dates: on November 22nd
Special days: on my birthday / on New Year’s Eve


Clock times: at 7.30 a.m. / at 5 o’clock
Festivals: at Christmas / at Easter
Exceptions: at night / at the weekend

Wow! That’s a lot of uses! So I have to learn all those?

Yes, but you probably know most of them, don’t you?

Yes, maybe … Is that all of them? I mean, are there any exceptions?

Well, sometimes we don’t use a preposition of time, for example after next/this/last/every.

We go skateboarding every Saturday afternoon.
I’ll see you next Friday.

Mm, but I could also say: “I’ll see you on Friday.”

Oh yes, that's fine too. But we often leave out on with days of the week when we’re speaking.

I’ll see you Friday.

OK. Now, about dates ... You write “on 8th July” but how do you say that?

Good question! We say “on the eighth of July”.

OK, so I have to remember to say “on THE eighth OF July”.


One last question about in. Can I use it for the future, as in “I’ll do it in a minute”?

Yes, that’s very common. We use in for talking about something in the future a certain length of time from now.

She’ll be back in a moment.                                                                 
We’re going away in two weeks.

And can I say, “We’re going away for two weeks”?

Yes, but the meaning is completely different.

We’re going away in two weeks.  (= we leave two weeks from now)
We’re going away for two weeks. (= our holiday will be two weeks long)

Ah, and what about “We’re going away during two weeks”?

No, you can’t say that. We use for + a length of time, to say how long something goes on for, and during + a noun / noun phrase, to say when something happens.

It snowed for three hours.
It snowed during the night.

OK, that’s a useful rule. But, hang on, I can also say “It snowed in the night”.

Yes, absolutely.

And: “I did a lot of work in the holidays” or “I did a lot of work during the holidays”?

Yes, you’ve got the hang of this.

Good, so now I’m going to study for a few hours. I’ll see you on Tuesday, in the morning, at about 10 o’clock.

See you at some time during the morning!


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Tell us about your favourite day of the week. What time do you get up? What do you do, and when? What is the best part of the day for you?


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Ken 9 July, 2017 - 13:05

My unfavoite day of the week? It's Saturday! I go to school early in the morning on Saturdays.Before I moved to a new school, I had no class on Saturday, so it's still hard for me to get up early every Saturday morning. I always get exhasuted at the end of the week. I can do nothing on Saturday afternoon!

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catastrophe 9 July, 2017 - 17:05

Oh so bad. I have school on Saturday, but it's usually half-day. No probs, you'll get used to it. Even I used to find it so difficult to get up early on Saturday when I entered high school, but I guess I got used to it. But getting up early does have its own benefits. By waking up early six days a week, your improved biological clock works better. And if one organ of your body works well, so do the others! There are numerous benefits, like... Like... Geez, I can't remember! Okay please do google it up, as my brain switched to sleep mode. It's night here. Good night!!! ✌

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catastrophe 9 July, 2017 - 11:41

Of course, it's Saturday. I get up early still, but I usually stay at my granny's house. Which means, I don't have to do my homework!!! I can watch TV the whole day long, and chat with my grandparents. It's always fun, esp with my granny! She watches TV with me, and always confuses Ash with Brock, and Misty with May!! And finally on Saturday, no shopping. Only on Sunday. Huh! I don't understand what pleasure ladies find in shopping. Anyways, on Saturday, my mum leaves me alone at home for an hour, so I just do whatever I want. Wow, I simply love Saturday!!! :))))

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MyStudyCoachJonas 6 March, 2017 - 22:48

At the weekend i go to the school , to the market and a theatre class . I like my weekend.

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pparedes984 3 January, 2017 - 02:34

my favourite day is saturday, I don't weak up early and y don't have to worry about the theachers or homeworks or all of that so I enjoy my saturday with my family.
Also on saturday ymeet with my girlfriend so that become in a good day for me beacuse ew had a really good time together ahd we eat and watch movies all the day long

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VShirleyCh 2 January, 2017 - 03:33

My favorite day is saturday because I got up at 6 o´clock for run in the park with my dog, then I go to the market with my mom there we bought fruits and vegetables. At ten-Thirty I take a shower and then and help my mom with lunch. In the afternoon i go to my grandparent's and with my sisters we watched the movie and cooked a cake.
At the four o´clok my family and I are going to the mall for eat the salad fruit or drink a juice. My favourite part of this day is in the evening because I am going to play basketball with my friends.

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hgsmf 24 August, 2016 - 02:24

My favourite day is Thursday . I get up at 7 o'clock. I go to the club with my family and see my friends . Also,this day is my holiday as I do not study . The best part of the day is at night , the last part of the day as I go back home and listen to music and dance alone in my room :)

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aminetugcea 16 August, 2016 - 20:38

My favorite day of the week is on Sunday. Cos, i spend of time with my family. We go to village and have a good time. Sunday is free day us. That day, i get up late like at 11 or 12. Afternoon is the best part of the day for me.

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gianggiang 11 February, 2016 - 07:47

My favorite day of a week is Monday because this means I have a new week to study. I get up at 5.30 am in summer and 5.45 am in winter to preparing for classes which first start at 6.45 am. For me, the best part of day is 4.30 pm when I finish studying at school and come back home as soon as possible to do my homework and start some classes in the evening.

Sometimes, I think that there is a small relationship between the word " Saturnday" and " Saturn" .They look quite similar, right ? Could anyone explain this to me ? haha

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Elsa007 11 February, 2016 - 14:18

hi Giang!
That's an interesting point!Yes, I think they have a relationship! ☆
Here's an excerpt from a site describing 'Naming Saturday'!
It says-Saturday is named after the Roman god and planet Saturn and is the only day of the week that retained its Roman origin in English. Saturn is the Roman and Italic god of agriculture and the consort of Ops.

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DROPE 9 July, 2015 - 06:29

My favorite day of week is sunday, because I get up at 11 o´clock am, and always in the afternoon go to play football with my friends in our football team.

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pierina 8 July, 2015 - 22:33

My favourite day of the week is Saturday. On Saturday I usually get up at 10 o'clock. When I get up I usually watch TV or just relaxing in my living room. I love Saturdays because on Saturday I always have a free time, to watch series, go out with my friends or the party or workout sometimes. I also do my homework on Saturdays .

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cristophersaa 8 July, 2015 - 18:30

My favorite day of the week is Saturday because I wake up at 11:00 than I eat breakfast at 11:30. After than I tried to play soocer withmy friends.

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Eseban 7 July, 2015 - 22:28

my favorite day of the week is Sunday because I wake up early in the morning, eat breakfast away from home and in the afternoon I play football and all my family is there.

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mike95rob 7 July, 2015 - 07:21

my favorite day of the week is saturday because I wake up early, eat breakfast with my mom then usually in the afternoon i go to shopping and in the night i watch tv or read a book if i don´t have a party

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stephania1799 7 July, 2015 - 05:45

My favorite day of the week is Sunday because I wake up at 8:30,than I eat breakfast at 9:00. After than I go to walk with my puppy , go swimming and eat with my family. Sometimes I go out with my friends and go shopping.

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nandosc9 6 July, 2015 - 19:39

My favorite day of the week is friday for two reasons: first, because on fridays I don't make homework, so I can go out since the afternoon; And second, at night, my brother and I stay on my grannie's house. We eat the food that she cook and we watch movies or series at dawn, thats is the best moment on fridays, for me. the only thing that I don't like of friday is that I have to wake up at 4:30 am to go to the college, it's tired

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Angielu 6 July, 2015 - 16:12

My favorite day of the week is on Sunday, because I get up at 9 a.m. and then i go to the church with my parents. My best part of the day is in the afternoon, because I go to see the football game with my boyfriends and his friends.

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fernanda2000 6 July, 2015 - 15:43

My favorite day is saturday because I get up at 9 am and go to play sports at 11 am
and in the afternoon go for a walk with my family

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JennySam 6 July, 2015 - 03:39

My favorite day of the week is on Saturday, I get up at 11 a.m. when I wake up I watch tv for three hours, the best part of the day is at night because I go to disco with my friends and my boyfriend.

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Bean 4 May, 2015 - 11:15

I love Saturday and Sunday because on these days I can get up late in the morning. :p
and then I usually walk along the street and have something nice to eat. :)

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Henutsen 10 September, 2014 - 09:47

My favourite day of the week is Friday because the next day I don't get up early. In the morning I have a walk with my friends and we go to the cinema in the afternoon. In the evening I play cards with my father and brother and we have a good time so this is the best part of the day for me.

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Henutsen 9 September, 2014 - 13:01

Can you help me, please?
I want to listen videos and audios to understand English language but it's very difficult for me.
I'm listening them so much time. I don't problem to write or reading, although, I have problems to talk and to understand videos and audios. I have ear too hard.

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JoEditor 9 September, 2014 - 13:44

Hi Henutsen, 
Don't panic! Listening is a difficult skill for many learners. I suggest you start by going to our Listening skills practice section. Start with Level A1 that is quite easy and listen to the audio and do the exercises. If A1 is too easy, move up to A2 then B1. Listen as many times as you need to and use the transcripts to help you. The important thing to remember is that you don't have to understand every word to get the general idea. Also, if you are watching videos you have the images to help you understand what is happening in the clip. They are quite easy to follow. 
With best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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Henutsen 10 September, 2014 - 09:32

Thank you very much for your soon answer Jo.
I listened Level A1 and A2 and both were very easy, but B1 is very difficult for me. In the videos or audios speak very fast.
I will go your advice and will repeat as many times as I need.

One more question: Is there an order to follow videos grammar?
Thanks for everything.

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JoEditor 10 September, 2014 - 10:33

Hi Henutsen,
That's great to hear that you've found the right level to start working on in the Listening skills practice section. If B1 is difficult, make sure you have done all the A2 listenings first. In case you need more information about our levels have a look at this page: http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/cef-levels Then start slowly on B1 and listen to each one as many times as you need. You have the transcripts there to help you if you find it difficult at first. 
About the Grammar videos. There isn't an order to follow. The idea is that you choose the grammar points yourself as all of our users have different needs and areas of grammar that they need to work on. So just start with any of them that you think are useful for you. 
I hope this helps. 
Best wishes and good luck! Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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