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we normally omit at when we ask ( At ) what time ... ? informally. What time are you leaving tonight? ( informal ) Compare: Compare: At what time are you leaving tonight? ( formal ) at on + gerund (also upon ) On hearing the news , she collapsed. Compare: Compare: Upon hearing the news , she collapsed. ( more formal ) on in Teacher’s notes Teacher’s notes P.78 P.78
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9 Unit 10 Prepositions of time Unit 10 Prepositions of time DEVELOPING SKILLS Set B Grammar & Usage P.79 P.79 10.2 10.2 Other prepositions of time Other prepositions of time Here are some examples of other prepositions of time: I did some reading before / after dinner. The shop opens from 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m./is open between 9.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. every day. I haven’t seen her since last year/ for a year. They talked about the good old days over dinner. (= during ) She remained silent throughout the meeting. (= from the beginning to the end of the meeting )
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10 Unit 10 Prepositions of time Unit 10 Prepositions of time DEVELOPING SKILLS Set B Grammar & Usage P.79 P.79 10.3 10.3 Prepositions/prepositional phrases Prepositions/prepositional phrases by and until We use by to mean not later than. We use until to show how long a situation continues. ‘You must be home by 11 o’clock,’ Mr Tam said to his daughter. ‘I’ll be here until 12 noon,’ he said. ‘If anyone calls in the afternoon, please ask them to leave a message.’ ‘I won’t be back until 2 p.m.,’ he said. ‘If anyone calls in the morning, please ask them to call again in the afternoon.’
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11 Unit 10 Prepositions of time Unit 10 Prepositions of time DEVELOPING SKILLS Set B Grammar & Usage in and during We use in and during for a period of time, often with the same meaning. It rained heavily in / during the night. But we prefer to use during for something which continues throughout a period of time. My parents visited in Guangzhou during the winter break . We also use during , not in , to refer to an activity ( a visit, a meal, etc.) She mentioned your name during lunch/the meeting. Wrong: Wrong: She mentioned your name in lunch. P.79 P.79
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12 Unit 10 Prepositions of time Unit 10 Prepositions of time DEVELOPING SKILLS Set B Grammar & Usage on time and in time Our train arrived on time . (= Our train was not late .) We arrived at the station in time to catch our train. (= We arrived soon enough to catch our train .) at the end and in the end At the end of the show, the performers came out to take the curtain calls. (= when the show ended ) At first the new boy failed in many subjects, but in the end he managed to keep up with the rest of the class. (= finally, eventually ) P.79 P.79
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13 Unit 10 Prepositions of time Unit 10 Prepositions of time DEVELOPING SKILLS Set B Grammar & Usage P.79 P.79 10.4 10.4 We do not use a preposition of time before today , yesterday , tomorrow , last ( month, week, etc), this ( morning, year, etc.), next ( Friday, Easter, etc.), every ( weekend, morning, etc.), ( two days, three hours ) later , etc.
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