# Thread: in time or on time ?

1. Junior Member
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## in time or on time ?

Hello,I have a few questions which I don't understand,could anyone explain to me
1. I can not find the difference between " on time " and " in time"
2. I could not_______ these two words. What should I put in the blank among "differentiate" or "discriminate" or "distinguish" .
I really want to know.

2. matilda Guest

## Re: in time or on time ?

in time and on time are completely different from each other.
when I arrive somewhere on time, that means that i was sopposed to be there at 8.00 and i was there at about 7.50 . means a little sooner that the appointed time

but when i was supposed to be somewhere at 8.00 and i get there exactly at 8.00 or 7.59 or the time about a minute sooner or later , i get there IN TIME.

Hope that helps.ask me if you are not satisfied yet.

Matilda
Last edited by matilda; 19-Mar-2006 at 08:50.

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## Re: in time or on time ?

On time- the correct time
In time- you just manage to get there, but stood a good chance of being late.

(Matilda, you use 'in time' in *both* of your explanations)

4. matilda Guest

## Re: in time or on time ?

thanks tdol

i edited my post.
the first explanation was ON TIME and the second one was IN TIME, as one of my teachers said .

:D
Matilda

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## Re: in time or on time ?

Thank you very much. That helps me so much.

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## Re: in time or on time ?

Hi matilda, I think the contrary is right:
On Time = at exactly the same time
In Time = earlier than expected

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## Re: in time or on time ?

Originally Posted by cscairo
Hi matilda, I think the contrary is right:
On Time = at exactly the same time
In Time = earlier than expected
I agree with Cscairo

8. ## Re: in time or on time ?

Originally Posted by cscairo
Hi matilda, I think the contrary is right:
On Time = at exactly the same time
In Time = earlier than expected
I think that Matilda is right,
"On time" at the right time or a little earlier.
"In time" only just in time.

"Within the time allowed" means before the allotted time span has elapsed.

9. ## Re: in time or on time ?

Originally Posted by k k colin love
Hello,I have a few questions which I don't understand,could anyone explain to me
1. I can not find the difference between " on time " and " in time"
2. I could not_______ these two words. What should I put in the blank among "differentiate" or "discriminate" or "distinguish" .
I really want to know.
Sorry, I forgot to answer you second question,

I could not differentiate between these two words

or, I could not distinguish (any difference) between these two words.

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## Re: in time or on time ?

In time =before a time limit
On time=according to schedule ;punctual
Source-online dictionary
IN TIME=BEFORE THE SCHEDULED TIME
ON TIME=AT THE SCHEDULED TIME

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