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Clarify the meaning


Clarify the meaning

Hello, dear friends!

Help, please, to clarify the meaning of the following phrases:

to be in time and on time 

That īs what i found: 

in time- early or at the appointed time

on time- at the expected or scheduled time

But still i hesitate, īcause both phrases suggest fixed time. So what īs the difference????

11 Aug 2012      


I have heard both used but I would have to say that in time may sometimes suggest that perhaps the person did not think they would complete what they had to do at the appointed time but instead realized they had some time to spare. 

I ran to school and arrived in time to go to the washroom before class.

Here it means I had time to spare.

11 Aug 2012     


Hello nesquichek!

These two phrases talk about fixed time, but there īs slight difference. I hope this will help.

ON TIME - If something happens on time, it happens at the time which was planned. = The opposite of on time is late.

IN TIMEsoon enough. In time can also mean almost too late.

Have a great weekend!


11 Aug 2012