On Time Or In Time- Which is right and when to use them

on time and in time

ON TIME and IN TIME are two common confuses expressions which are often confused. So what do you think are the two expressions same in meaning or have a different one.  There is a difference between the meanings of the two and so they are used different manner. We have to understand better to have better and effective COMMUNICATION.

on time and in time

on time and in time

Let us have a look at how both of them are used in our daily life. When we are referring to ON TIME we are referring to anything happening at the time planned or as scheduled.

Let us look at some of the examples to understand it better-

  • If the meeting is fixed at 10 A.M and the meeting starts at 10 A.M only then we can say the meeting is on time.
  • If a train is scheduled to leave at 10 A.M and it leaves at 10 A.M then we can say that the train was on time.
  • If a football match is slated to begin at 10 A.M and the match begins at 10 A.M then we can say that the match is on time.

A person who is always on time means that he is always punctual and never late.

Now let us have a look at what is IN TIME and how it is different from ON TIME.  If anything is happening before the scheduled time or just before the end time then we can say that the event happened IN TIME.

Let us have a look at some of the examples to understand the expression IN TIME better.

  • I was in time to have dinner at home with my family. It means I have dinner at home at 10 P.M and I reach there before the 10 P.M. The I can say I was in time to have dinner.
  • You plan to watch a football match which is scheduled to start at 4 PM and you reach there just before four. Then you are in time to watch the match.

Also, remember expressions which go well with the word time. They are-

  • Just in time.
  • In the nick of time.
  • Time flies.
  • Time and tide wait for none.
  • Time is money.
  • Stitch in time.
  • Ahead of time.
  • At no time
  • At all times.
  • Buy time.
  • For the time being.
  • Timeout.
  • Race against time.
  • Time will tell.
  • A matter of time.
  • At the appointed time.
  • Better luck next time.
  • Don’t waste your time.
  • From time to time.
  • It is high time.
  • Make up for the lost time.
  • Once upon a time.
  • Run out of time.
  • Take your time.
  • Time and again.
  • Time is up.
  • Thanks for the lovely time.
  • Time will tell.
  • Time for a change.
  • Time heals all wounds.
  • Kill time.
  • A waste of time.
  • One at a time.
  • Time bomb.
  • Time off.
  • A devil of a time.
  • Buy time.
  • Right on time.

Over to You

Hope you have enjoyed reading the content and have understood the difference between On Time and In Time. Also, you will get to know the various expressions which go with the word time. Feel free to comment. Your ideas will be implemented soon.





Sujit Das

Site Owner and Main Content Creator. Works as Teacher at Skill English.

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