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    Smile 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.
    Thank you in advance.

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    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.

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    Last edited by matilda; 19-Mar-2006 at 07:50.

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    Default 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)

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    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
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    Default Re: in time or on time ?

    Thank you very much. That helps me so much.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by cscairo View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k k colin love View Post
    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.
    Thank you in advance.
    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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    Default 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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