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    Hi,

    Do you say 'He's on time' or 'He's in time'? or both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Do you say 'He's on time' or 'He's in time'? or both?
    Both are correct. If he is due to arrive at ten o'clock and he arrives at ten o'clock, he is on time. If the boat leaves at midday and he arrives at five to twelve, he has arrived in time to catch it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Do you say 'He's on time' or 'He's in time'? or both?
    Both are fine but they have different meanings.

    on time : something happens at the time it should happen.

    The express train left on time. It was supposed to leave at 1400 and it did.

    in time : some thing happens at the last possible moment before it is too late

    I got to the station 10 minutes late. Luckily, the 1400 express train to Hull hadn't left on time so I was in time to catch it.

    in time is often used with just to add emphasis

    I arrived at the station just in time to catch the train.

    I hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ieltsonly View Post
    Both are fine but they have different meanings.

    on time : something happens at the time it should happen.

    The express train left on time. It was supposed to leave at 1400 and it did.

    in time : some thing happens at the last possible moment before it is too late

    I got to the station 10 minutes late. Luckily, the 1400 express train to Hull hadn't left on time so I was in time to catch it.

    in time is often used with just to add emphasis

    I arrived at the station just in time to catch the train.

    I hope this helps.
    Stephen
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    Great explanation, thank you Ieltsonly.

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