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The ATONIN Time Pyramid

The ATONIN Time Pyramid can help people remember which preposition – at, on or in – to use with hours, days, months, years, etc. Written by phrazzleme for TEFL.net An easy way to remember which preposition to use with hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, ages. Do you have a difficult time remembering which preposition […]

The ATONIN Time Pyramid can help people remember which preposition – at, on or in – to use with hours, days, months, years, etc.

Written by phrazzleme for TEFL.net

An easy way to remember which preposition to use with hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, ages.

Do you have a difficult time remembering which preposition to use with hours, days, months, years, etc?

Imagine a pyramid divided horizontally into 3 groups.

The ATONIN Time Pyramid

At the top of the pyramid you have β€œAT” and this is used for the smallest in time: hours

  • I’ll meet you AT 7 p.m.

In the middle of the pyramid you have β€œON” and this is used for bigger time: days

  • See you ON Saturday.

At the bottom you have β€œIN” and this is used for everything else that is bigger than hours or days

  • I was born IN 1964.
  • He takes holidays IN January.
  • They played great music IN the 80’s.
Written by phrazzleme for TEFL.net November 2016
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2 Comments

  • Marcelo Montecinos says:

    Into refers to going inside something. It could be into a subject, store, etc. Onto refers to another subject.

    I will not go into that subject right now.

    Let’s move onto another subject.

  • Vinay kumar says:

    what is the difference between into and onto?

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