Prepositions of Time in English | List and Examples

Learn useful list of Prepositions of Time in English with examples.

What is a Preposition of Time?

A preposition of time is a preposition that allows you to discuss a specific time period.

List of Prepositions of Time

During

Used when something happens within the time something else is happening

Example:

We stayed at a student hostel during the conference.

For

We use for with a period of time.
Example:

I’m just going to bed for two hours or so.

Until/ Till

Until/ till means up to a certain time
Example:

We’ll wait till/ until half past six for you.

Since

Refers back to a point in time when something began.
Example:

The factory has been here since the 1970s.

From…to

We use from…to to show when something starts and finishes.
Example:

Her visit will extend from Monday to Thursday.

Ago

We use ago to refer to how far back in time something happened
Example:

He left the house over an hour ago.

Before

We use before to refer to any time previous to a specific point in time

Example:

She’s always up before dawn.

By

We use by when we want to say “not later than”.

Example:

He had promised to be back by five o’clock.

After

We use after when we want to say “later in time than“.

Example:

I felt fairly relaxed after taking the medicine.

To

We use to in telling the time, when we refer to the number of minutes before the hour.

Example:

It’s a quarter to two.

We can use to with the meaning of “until” when we are talking about time.

Example:

It’s just three days to Halloween.

Past

Refers to the amount of time past the hour

Example:

It’s five past ten.

Between…and

We use between … and to talk about time that separates two points.

Example:

The team have a lot of work to do between now and Sunday.

Within

Refers to a span of time during which something may occur.

Example:

You should receive a reply within seven days.

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