'ON TIME' VS 'IN TIME'

The two prepositions "on time" & "in time" are widely used but also often used incorrectly. Let"s take a look at the difference between the two below.

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On time

When something happens "on time", it happens at the planned time.

= punctual

= on schedule

= at the arranged time

= at the planned time

= at the correct time

= neither early nor late

For Example:

The meeting was scheduled for 10 a.m.

Despite being stuck in traffic, I managed to lớn get to the meeting on time.

-> This means I wasn’t late. I arrived at the planned time.

Amber always arrives late lớn work. She is never on time.

-> This means she never arrives at the correct time. She is never punctual.

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IN time

When you are in time, you are early enough lớn have spare time, usually to lớn be able to vì chưng something else.

= before something happens

= before the scheduled time

= with time lớn spare

Look at these examples:

The meeting was scheduled for 10 a.m.


I arrived at 9.30 so I could have some coffee before the meeting started. I arrived in time to lớn have some coffee before it started.
-> This means I arrived before the planned time of 10 a.m. & I had enough time to spare to have some coffee before the meeting began.

Just in time

The phrase "just in time" refers to something happening at the last moment, just before the deadline or just before something was supposed lớn happen. It means that something was almost too late, for example:

The paper was due at 9 a.m. I sent it in a couple of minutes before it was due.

I sent in the paper just in time.

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