On time or In time? (2) (prepositions)

On time – In time Part2: Simple English Video One Minute Lesson

Is there a problem, officer? Is this your car? Yes. The meter runs out in one minute. I’m leaving right now. Just in time. Hi and welcome back to another lesson on ‘on time’ and ‘in time’. In the last video we looked at when we use these phrases and now we’re going to look at some situations where both phrases are possible. In the last video Jay and I had a job to do. We had to finish a video project for Zeynep. The deadline is Friday. You must finish on time. So we had to finish on schedule. Luckily we did. Did you finish on time? Yes we did Zehra. We’re going to send it now. But we also finished the video project in time. The show is tomorrow, right? Yes. Good. You’ll get it in time. That’s great. So we also finished in time, not late for the show. So there are some situations where ‘on time’ and ‘in time’ might both be possible. Which one we choose depends on what we’re thinking about. Are you ready yet? I just want to do my hair. Well, hurry up or we’ll never get there on time. Are you ready yet? I just want to do my hair. Well, hurry up or we’ll never get there in time. So when Jay is thinking about the schedule, he says ‘on time’. And when he’s thinking about being late, he says ‘in time’. Now one more thing. We had a great question from Muhammed. ‘On time’ refers to an exact time, but ‘in time’ doesn’t. So Muhammed asked, ‘could in time mean before or after the exact time?’ The answer is ‘in time’ means before and up to the exact time, but not after. After would be late. Is there a problem, officer? Is this your car? Yes. The meter runs out in one minute. I’m leaving right now. Just in time. Just one minute later and he would have got a ticket. So in time means before and up to the exact time. But not after. Thanks for a great question Muhammed. Hi Jason, I’m your surgeon. My surgeon? Yes, and these are your tonsils. My tonsils? Right. We operated just in time.

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