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    On Time or In Time

    Hello Everybody,

    Is there anyone who can tell me when I do have to use "on time" and when "in time" is the right choice?

    Thank you & all the best,
    CatFight

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    Re: On Time or In Time

    Hi, and welcome aboard

    "On time" is used when you need to express accuracy, e.g. "The train will be on time, don't worry"

    "In time", expresses the idea of "in the future", e.g. "In time you'll appreciate this music, I know it"


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    Re: On Time or In Time

    On time-at the exact, scheduled time, without any delay
    In time = with enough time to spare; before the last moment:
    Last edited by Nikole; 27-Oct-2006 at 00:58.

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    Re: On Time or In Time

    Quote Originally Posted by CatFight View Post
    Hello Everybody,

    Is there anyone who can tell me when I do have to use "on time" and when "in time" is the right choice?

    Thank you & all the best,
    CatFight
    Both phrases have more than one meaning. Here are some "time" phrases form the AHD:

    in good time
    1. In a reasonable length of time.
    2. When or before due.
    3. Quickly.
    in no time
    1. Almost instantly; immediately.
    in time
    1. Before a time limit expires.
    2. Within an indefinite time; eventually: In time they came to accept the harsh facts.
    3. Music.
      1. In the proper tempo.
      2. Played with a meter.
    on time
    1. According to schedule; punctual or punctually.
    2. By paying in installments.

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    Re: On Time or In Time

    Yes: "As the train didn't leave on time I was in time for it in spite of the traffic."

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    Re: On Time or In Time

    Hello,

    Thanks for your support, now the differences became clear

    Best wishes, CatFight

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    Re: On Time or In Time

    Quote Originally Posted by CatFight View Post
    Hello,

    Thanks for your support, now the differences became clear

    Best wishes, CatFight
    You're welcome, CatFight.

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