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In this lesson, we will learn how to use ‘in time’ and ‘on time’.
Max: Hello, everybody! Many people get confused about when they should use ‘in time’ and ‘on time’.
Kevin: That’s right, Max. But not anymore. Today, we’ll see examples of how to use them correctly.
Max: Yes! But first, a little explanation about their functions.
Kevin: Ok. We use ‘in time’ when we want to say that you arrive at the right moment to do something.
Max: It means that you are not too late to do something.
Max: For example, yesterday I went to the movies with my girlfriend. The movie started at 4pm. We arrived a little late and missed the previews, but we were in time to watch the beginning of the movie.
Kevin: Here’s another example: Clair went to France, but I arrived at the airport in time to say goodbye.
Max: That means she was still there when you got there.
Kevin: Yep. And we use ‘on time’ to explain that you are not early or late. For example, I’m never late for work or class, I am always on time.
Max: Great example, let’s listen to some dialogues now.
Ron: Excuse me, Ms. Carter, may I come in?
Frances: Good morning, Ron. You are late again! Why can’t you arrive on time to class?
Ron: I’m sorry, but I depend on my father to bring me to school, and he is always late.
Frances: Well, Ron, tell your father that if you are not on time for the next class, I will have to call him to school and have a serious conversation with him.
Ron: Yes, Ms. Carter.
Max: Hey, Kev. What’s up?
Kevin: Hey, Max! Why didn’t you go to Sarah’s dinner party?
Max: I had to work until late…
Kevin: You missed it, man.
Max: What time did it start?
Kevin: Well, it started at 7pm, but I got there at 8:30.
Max: Oh, no! So, you missed dinner.
Kevin: Not really…I was late for the party, but I was in time for the dinner, because they only served it at 9pm.