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    Hello! I study English as a foreign language and my question can really seem stupid, but I would like to know, what the difference between to come ON time and to come IN time is. Thank you for reading my message.

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    Re: Prepositions

    To come somewhere on time means that you arrive at the time indicated.

    He was on time for the performance that started at 7.30pm.

    To come somewhere in time means you arrive before a deadline.

    She arrived at the theatre in time for the overture.

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    Re: Prepositions

    come on time: to arrive/appear at an arranged time. If it is arranged for 5p.m., then you arrive within a few minutes of that time (though with regard to buses and trains, 5p.m. means 5 p.m. - not a few minutes later!!)

    come in time: there is a moment in time when some situation can be saved/or something has begun After that, it is too late. Will the help you need arrive before that critical moment, that deadline? Will it come in time to save the situation?

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