“On time” and “in time”, what is the difference?
Today we will learn to use the phrases “on time” and “in time”. These phrases are very commonly used in English, and they are quite similar in meaning.
What is the difference between “on time” and “in time”?
How to use them in different situation? The English native speakers use these phases in slightly different situations. Both “on time” and “in time” mean you are not late.
To be “on time” means at the planned time, neither early nor late. For example, the meeting is set at 10h00 and you arrive the meeting at 10h00. You are on time.
To be “in time” means before the planned time with enough time to spare. For example, the meeting is set at 10h00 and you arrive at 09h58. You are in time.
If you misuse “in time” or “on time” during a conversation, it is not a big problem.
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More useful expressions
Here you can learn some more expression swith to be on time:
use this adjective to describe to arrive at the planned time.
Being punctual is very important at the workplace.
(arriving work on time is very important.)
prompt (adj)/promptly (adv)
something happens immediately or exactly at a particular time.
exactly at the agreed time
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something happening at the right time, it’s very suitable or appropriate to do something.
just in time (adj)
something happening at the last possible moment.
on the dot
at exactly the agreed time that you have arranged before.