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If we take a cab we might get there..........to hear his speach.
in time/on time,
Are you sure? As I found in a Grammar book ''on time''. I'm perplexed about this.
I think the correct answer is On time
We wanted to get there in time for the meeting
We wanted to get to the airport on time; our flight left at 13.30
Of course, there's a degree of overlap - you may have an implied appointment to catch a particular flight:
We wanted to get to the airport in time for our flight
That last example points up a helpful usage point: 'in time' is often followed by for + noun.
Saying 'on time' in your sentence would cause massive pain and possibly even permanent damage to my eardrums.
'On time' means 'punctual' -- at a scheduled or planned time. You can also be 'on time' for an appointment.
'In time' means 'not too late' or 'early enough in order to do something or not miss something':
We arrived in time for dessert. (i.e. We missed dinner, but we weren't too late for dessert.)
Last edited by Philly; 01-Dec-2006 at 21:00.
My dictionary says:
on time=exactly at a stated time
in time= ahead of a stated time
But I still can not decide which one is correct for the sentence above.
If we take a taxi, we might/will arrive there in time to hear his speech. If we walk, we will be too late.
We need to take a cab to be on time for his speech.
I feel there is a difference in causality between the two.