GRAMMAR – Prepositions of Time


We use BETWEEN … AND to show when something begins and ends, or the range during which something is expected to happen.
– The concert will start between 9 pm and 10 pm.
– I lived in NY between 1985 and 1997.
– The doctor sees patients between 2 and 6 pm.

We use AFTER to refer to the time following an event or period of time.
– I usually watch TV after dinner.
– I moved to Brazil after living in NY.
– I was able to sleep after taking the sleeping pill.

We use TO/PAST when telling the time to refer to the number of minutes before (to) or after (past) and hour.
– Class starts at half past two..
– I’ve been waiting since ten to two.
– The train leaves at twenty-five past eleven.

We use WITHIN to refer to a span of time during which something will occur.
– The package should arrive within a week.
– We will have the results within minutes.
– You will receive an answer within 24 hours.

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