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  • Maureen
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    11 November, 2007 at 18:29
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    Can someone tell me how to explain to a student the difference between in time for a meeting and on time for a meeting – I can’t do it but believe that there is an explanation – I saw one written on a board in a classroom one time?

    Thanks

    Sue Swift
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    12 November, 2007 at 13:52
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    Reply To: grammar – explanation – in time/on time

    There’s an explanation for almost everything :lol:

    In time means before the scheduled time, or not too late. On time means at the scheduled time, or not late.

    An example – There’s a meeting at three on Friday and I have to prepare a presentation. It’s now Tuesday. So :

    I have to prepare my presentation in time for the meeting – but I can do it any time between now and Friday at 3. If I did it at any other time – eg Friday evening – it would be too late – there’d be no point.

    I have to arrive at the meeting on time – ie at 3. I mustn’t be late. If I arrived at 3.10 I would be late – but not too late.


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    Mr. G
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    3 July, 2008 at 4:39
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    Reply To: grammar – explanation – in time/on time

    It sounds to me like your question has to do with "tense." Present/future. Am I correct?

    mika
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    4 August, 2008 at 11:56
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    Reply To: grammar – explanation – in time/on time

    Hi Maureen

    In time: is before or exactly at the time
    On time is exactly at the time.

    Rgds

    Mika

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