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In this video I explain the difference between "on time" and "in time" using several examples. Even advanced English learners still sometimes get confused about this.
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I am a native speaker from Australia. I mainly speak British English.
Hello everyone, welcome back to my channel. Today I'm going to cover a little bit of grammar. Don't worry though, this is rather simple grammar. It is something, however, that lots of people find a little bit confusing. It is the difference between "in time" and "on time". It is amazing how just one little word and, in this case, one single letter, can make a significant difference.
Ok, so let's first look at "on time". Basically "on time" means punctual or punctually. So you can say, "I arrived punctually," or, "I was punctual," but you can also say, "I was on time," or, "I arrived on time." It means the same thing. Basically, "on time" is the opposite of late. The main difference is that "on time" is a little more common - it's used more often because it's more colloquial language. Let's look at some examples.
Now here's just a small additional point on "on time". "On time" doesn't necessarily mean that the event occurred at the exact time planned. If, for example, someone is supposed to arrive at 7pm, and then he or she arrives at 6:55, you can still say that the person was on time. The emphasis is not on the actual time that an event occurs, but rather that something didn't happen late.
"In time" is very similar, but there is a slight difference in meaning. Basically, the emphasis is on there being sufficient time to do something, or on having enough time for something. Let's look at some examples.
The opposite of "in time" is "too late". Often "in time" is preceded by "just", so we get "just in time". This means "almost too late". More examples!
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