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Lesson 3.3

Prepositions of Time

Las preposiciones de tiempo
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Prepositions of time are used to show when something happened. As we saw in the previous lesson, the three most common prepositions (“in”, “at”,“on”) can be used both as prepositions of place or time. Below are several other common prepositions of time.

BEFORE

Meaning: preceding, earlier than

Examples:

 Call me before one.
 They arrived before me.

AFTER

Meaning: subsequent to in time

Examples:

 We will see you after the movie.
 I arrived after them.

DURING

Meaning: throughout the duration of or at a point in the course of

Examples:

 Don’t talk during the movie.
 I don’t like to watch television during the day.

FOR

Meaning: a function word used to indicate duration of time, how long something has happened

Use: Although the meaning of “for” is similar to “during”, in the sense of indicating a duration of time, “for” is used to express a period of time (hours, days, months, years, etc.) while “during” is used to express when something happened (within a period of time).

Examples:

 I lived in England for three years.
 He studied for the exam for one week.

Note: We will learn more about prepositions of time in later lessons on the various verb tenses.

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