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    in or on

    Hello everybody
    Which one is right? We arrived at the airport "on" or "in" time.
    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: in or on

    They are both correct.

    In what context do you want to use in or on time?

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    Re: in or on

    What's the difference?

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    #4

    Re: in or on

    Quote Originally Posted by samya.barham View Post
    What's the difference?
    What is the context?

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    #5

    Re: in or on

    Not a teacher!

    From: time - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com


    No 4 [uncountable, countable] the time when something happens or when something should happen

    The train arrived right on time (= at exactly the correct time).


    Under IDIOMS:

    in time (for something/to do something)

    not late; with enough time to be able to do something
    Will we be in time for the six o'clock train?The ambulance got there just in time (= to save somebody's life).



    Sorry for being a rude student, but I would expect that a teacher of English knows this, or at least, knows where to look this up.

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    Re: in or on

    Look, I'm an English teacher but sometimes I find things not easy to explain because it's not my language and I still find myself need more to know about the language. My language is Arabic which is from different origin, and that sometimes makes it difficult to understand things. I'm trying to learn more about the language. This helps me to teach it better. That's why I'm asking you.
    Thank you

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    #7

    Re: in or on

    NOT A TEACHER


    1. Here are two helpful definitions from Mr. Raymond Murphy in Grammar in Use:

    ON TIME = not late.

    IN TIME = soon enough to do something.


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    I have made up these examples. They are not very good, but maybe they will help give you the idea of the difference.

    The airport told me to arrive by 3 p.m. ( by = before 3 p.m. or at 3 p.m.) I arrived at the airport at 3:05. They told me:

    "Sorry! You did not arrive at the airport on time (that is, you arrived late). At 3:01 p.m. we sold the last ticket to someone else. Too bad. Next time, be on time."

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    My airplane was scheduled to leave at 4 p.m. Because of heavy traffic, I arrived at the airport at 4:30. But my airplane

    was still there (it had had some minor problems, so it was still at the airport). I was so happy that I had arrived in time

    to get my plane ( = arrived soon enough to get my plane. The plane left at 4:35! I made it by five minutes!).

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