There are some “set phrases” that we use to talk about time. These phrases use different prepositions and can be confusing sometimes. The best advice I can give you is…just memorize them.
Parts of the Day
We use in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening, in the daytime, but at night:
- Jack likes to go jogging in the morning.
- I was busy today in the afternoon, so I didn’t have lunch.
- We usually watch the news on TV in the evening.
- It is warm here in the daytime, but it gets cool at night.
Parts of the week
We use on the weekend but we use during the week:
- Jack usually plays golf on the weekend.
- I was busy during the week, so I will try to relax on Saturday.
Noon and Midnight
In English, Noon is exactly 12:00pm, and Midnight is exactly 12:00 (0:00)am. Thus, we say at noon and at midnight. The period of time between about 12:00am and 3:00am is called in the middle of the night.
- Everyone in the factory has a lunch break at noon every day.
- I usually go to bed at midnight.
- I heard a strange sound in the middle of the night.
Do you sometimes go to bed at midnight? What do you do during the week? Try to make some sentences using these set phrases so you can remember them!
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