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Difference between ON TIME & IN TIME | English Grammar Lesson

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Click "CC" for subtitles! 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. If you would like to practice, please write a sentence or two in the comments and I will correct them for you. For more English lessons, visit my channel, English with Max. All of the videos are free. These include free English vocabulary videos, English grammar videos, English pronunciation videos, English tips, and various other English lessons. This channel aims at helping people learn and improve their English - whether they have been learning English for a while or have recently started. I am a native speaker from Australia. I mainly speak British English. Stalk me! https://www.facebook.com/EnglishWithMax https://twitter.com/EnglishWithMax https://www.instagram.com/englishwithmax/ Transcript: 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! So that is it for today, guys. I hope you found this little lesson useful. If you did, please don't forget to click on the "thumbs up", and please subscribe if you want to be updated on new videos. If you want to practise what I explained today, don't hesitate to write some practice sentences in the comments below. Be creative. Preferably be appropriate, if you know what I mean. In any case, I'll be happy to correct them for you. If you also have any questions or requests for other videos, please also feel free to write them in the comments below. See ya next time.
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English with Max (1 year ago)
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Ahmed Mameri (24 days ago)
That i need because i'd a confusing about these two words, thank you a lot........
Ahmed Mameri (23 days ago)
+English with Max Thanks.
English with Max (24 days ago)
I'm glad it helped!
ndjim boubakar (3 months ago)
yep a very big fan
ndjim boubakar (3 months ago)
thanks max iam a big fan of you
Taoufiq Leuleu (4 months ago)
You are great.
R. Gomes (5 months ago)
I did not see this video on time which it was published, but as it is published on a demand platform I can see in time to learn a bit more. [Go Job and Thanks for this class]
English with Max (5 months ago)
I'm glad it helped :).
Pitko Brum (7 months ago)
Thank you. Yo pienso que Eric debe comprar un buen reloj.
English with Max (7 months ago)
Yo también!
jose cortez (7 months ago)
hola un video de como decir la hora en ingles.
Joel Beltrán (9 months ago)
Can you make a video of the use of ing and infinitive and how to know wich verbs should we conjugate with each one, please.
English with Max (9 months ago)
I definitely can, but I have a long list of videos I want to do, so I can't promise when!
The Guideliner (10 months ago)
Text on your t-shirt 😂😂😂
The Guideliner (10 months ago)
English with Max tnku so much ... And I m in love with you😅 But I m much younger than you,just 18✌😉
English with Max (10 months ago)
It's a line from the movie Dirty Dancing. And I've just released an IELTS-related video. 😄😄
The Guideliner (10 months ago)
English with Max plzz make a video related to ielts
The Guideliner (10 months ago)
English with Max Nah ,I don't know
English with Max (10 months ago)
Do you know which movie it's from? ;)
raad alhashimi (11 months ago)
Thanks 😍
Mimi Gouda (1 year ago)
thanks a lot for your excellent explaining but you said that '' in time ' = too late . is that mean if i need to take a bus at the bus station and i arrived there in time . does that mean i caught the bus or didn't. thanks much
English with Max (1 year ago)
I know it's a bit confusing ;). "In time" means "not too late". So if you arrived at the bus station in time, you caught the bus. In other words, you had enough time to catch the bus.
Luiz Alves (1 year ago)
I don't understand why so many people watch that video but only a few got it thumb up.Oh my Gosh.
English with Max (1 year ago)
Haha, I'm glad you got it :).
Yalcin Batalay (1 year ago)
of course thumbs up max
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thank you!
anup singh (1 year ago)
Now doubt is clear. Thanks 🏌️
Alf Life (1 year ago)
I can do this job well and on time. So I do it before deadline. - is it right? On time? If it is just before deadline I will use "in time"?
English with Max (1 year ago)
Yes, I think you can say that. However, it's more common to say something like: I can do this job and finish it on time. You could also say "finish it in time", if you mean you will finish it before the deadline.
Thiago Oliveira (1 year ago)
british accent is everything. i had the opportunity to handle with british people when i worked in Algarve, Portugal. Despite the fact i am just a student of english, i could understand them and i've noticed how polite those people were to me there.
English with Max (1 year ago)
I like all accents :) (at least most of them!) And yes, the British are known for their politeness :).
Vladimir Gorbachev (1 year ago)
Thanks. I have liked to feel "the little differences" since time of "Pulp Fiction":)
English with Max (1 year ago)
For some reason your message was sent to my spam, but I can see it now. Yes, I remember that conversation. I understand what you mean now!
Vladimir Gorbachev (1 year ago)
You very well explained the difference between "on time" and "in time". As for the movie, there is such a dialogue: VINCENT .... But you know what the funniest thing about Europe is? JULES What? VINCENT It's the little differences. A lotta the same shit we got here, they got there, but there they're a little different.
English with Max (1 year ago)
Is that a reference to something in the movie? I've only seen it once!
aiM (1 year ago)
Thank you for your efforts.
Long Nguyen (1 year ago)
Hi Max! You are wearing a wrong T shirt, aren't you? I carried a WATERMELON? No, that's not! Thanks a lot for useful lesson, Max.
English with Max (1 year ago)
It's a line from the movie "Dirty Dancing" ;).
Long Nguyen (1 year ago)
Hi Max! How are you? I'm on time to learn English with you
English with Max (1 year ago)
Fine, thanks :). That's good to hear!
Sanjit Ng (1 year ago)
I am new learner pliz teach me how to speak English very well .thank you
English with Max (1 year ago)
I'll do my best ;).
Arnold Mike (2 years ago)
You look cute and attractive today and your lesson is good. So, we can summarize the lesson by saying that "on tome" means at the right time, and "in time" means before the right time - is that right?
English with Max (2 years ago)
Yes, that's basically it :).
Ot Sukardi (2 years ago)
I had problem before but now I know the different. Thanks so much.
English with Max (2 years ago)
Srini S (2 years ago)
A man had an accident while crossing the street but the ambulance came in time to get him to the hospital.I was on time for work this morning.(pls correct)
English with Max (2 years ago)
Well done! I would put a comma after "street", but otherwise, nothing to correct!
Pasquale Cangiano (2 years ago)
Hi Max! I've finished watching your video just in time before I go to sleep!
English with Max (2 years ago)
😀 👍
Hello Max. It is great to study English with you. I wrote two sentences, here they are: * My girlfriend and I arrived IN TIME to get good seats at the movie theatre last night. * I have an appointment at 10:30 with the president, I must be there ON TIME. Please correct, thank you so much and I'll see you next time. Bye!
English with Max I'm very happy to hear (read) that, Max. Thank you.
English with Max (2 years ago)
Both are perfect! Your grammar is really very good :)
Washington França (2 years ago)
i'm brazil tip amazing
ine priman (2 years ago)
Thank you for your lessons!
English with Max (2 years ago)
My pleasure!
Tarek Ismail (2 years ago)
Felipe Fúquene Moreno (2 years ago)
great video, simple and useful. thnks.
English with Max (2 years ago)
Thanks, glad you liked it!
Saúl MP (2 years ago)
Thanks for your explanations. I really like it. You do a good mix of humor and teaching (pls correct).
English with Max (2 years ago)
You're welcome. I'm happy you like my videos :) *I really like them. (explanationS) (But that's a very minor error - I'm nitpicking!)
Zubair Ali (2 years ago)
Hey Max some time its very hard to understand your accent so dear please speak slowly cause i am new learner don't mind and superb video (y)
Zubair Ali (2 years ago)
Okay Max
English with Max (2 years ago)
I know... I speak very fast in real life, so I have to make an effort in my videos to speak more slowly! And thank you :) By the way, you can watch all of my videos with English subtitles.
Sumedha Manabarana (2 years ago)
Your lessons are very methodical and you know very well what you're doing. Your finer details (additional points) add more value to your lesson. I feel Murphy. Love your accent and your touch of humor, too ("My brother slipped in the mud. Luckily, I arrived in time to see it." :)) <BTW, Erick is your brother? > Sure to come back and see you again. :)))
English with Max (2 years ago)
Thank you very much for your kind comment, and I'm glad you enjoy the lessons! No :), I don't know anyone named Eric. He's just a character in my mind! Unfortunately I can't make videos full-time at the moment, but I will publish a couple more very soon!
daldoush13 (2 years ago)
fun way to learn some grammar ! Thanks !
English with Max (2 years ago)
Glad you liked it!
L. McClane (2 years ago)
Very nice, I like this
English with Max (2 years ago)
Thanks, Lindsay!
Mohammed OmaR (3 years ago)
You have an amazing and simple way to explain ...with any doubt, I gave you a thumbs up 👍
English with Max (3 years ago)
+Mohammed OmaR Thank you very much :)
Mohamed Amin (3 years ago)
i need to know the difference between in / on / at. .
English with Max (3 years ago)
+Mohamed Amin Hi there, Unfortunately I haven't done any videos yet on that, but you might find some useful information on the bbc website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/ask_about_english/preps.shtml
ابراهيم لبد (3 years ago)
Thanks ... for explain the difference of IN TIME / ON TIME
ابراهيم لبد (3 years ago)
:) .. Hope for you best time
English with Max (3 years ago)
+‫ابراهيم لبد‬‎ You're welcome!
It's crazy how much meaning and context is wrapped up in one little preposition!
الحب ندم (3 years ago)
Max, I want to practice with you, please if you don't mind, I want to got good English .
الحب ندم (3 years ago)
It's good way and I got benefit from this video so excellent.
Jannat Nawaz (2 years ago)
English with Max thanks for good lesson. 😊love from Pakistan
English with Max (3 years ago)
+.N Allahiaby Ahmed Thank you :)
Fabio Labanca (3 years ago)
I used to have this doubt between both "in time vs on time". Thank you, Max!!!
English with Max (3 years ago)
+Fabio Labanca Thank you, glad it helped!
English with Max (3 years ago)
Once again, if you'd like any comments corrected, please write this at the end: (pls correct).

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