Prepositions of Time
|SINCE||+ time / point in the past (yesterday, last year)|
|FOR||+ period of time (2 hours/3 days/1 year)|
|UNTIL||up to a point in time|
|TILL||Less formal way of saying until|
|FROM….TO||Use from for the start time and to for the finish time|
Since is typically used with perfect tenses. Use since with the Perfect Tenses to express a point of time in the past up to now.
- I’ve known him since I was a child.
- I’ve had this phone since last year.
- I haven’t eaten anything since this morning.
- I lived in England for 10 years.
- I’m only working for 3 hours today.
- I’m going on holiday for a week next month.
Use until to mean the end time, up to a specific time or a point in time.
- I will work until 5p.m. today.
- I played football until the club closed.
- I going away on holiday until Thursday. (This means that on Thursday I will be back from my holiday).
Use from to mean the starting time and to for the end or finish time. Note: To can be a synonym of until and till so it’s perfectly correct to use for with until or till.
- I’m going to be on holiday from 31st August to the 10th of September.
- The lesson is from 9a.m to 10a.m.
- The meeting is from 6 o’clock to 8 o’clock
- I will be at the gym from 11a.m till 12.30p.m.
- I going to be on holiday from the 1st January till the 8th January.
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