One-Point English Lesson: At Midnight vs. In the Middle of the Night

MIchael Vocabulary

What’s the difference between At Midnight and In the Midnight

English prepositions can be tricky to use. In this English words lesson, let’s have a look at the difference between these two phrases. Why can’t we say, in the midnight?

First of all, midnight means 12:00am or 0:00, if you are using the 24 hour clock. So, since midnight is an exact point in time, we say AT midnight. When it comes to prepositions of time, you’ll remember that we use AT for clock time, ON for a day or date, and IN for everything else, like months, seasons, and years. At midnight!

In case you are wondering how to talk about the period of time between 12:00am and early morning, we use the phrase in the middle of the night. Here are some more example sentences:

  • I remember when I was younger, I could easily stay up until midnight.
  • Tommy said his favorite TV program comes on at midnight. I guess he’s never heard of YouTube!
  • I heard a strange noise in the middle of the night.
  • My dog Max jumped up on the bed in the middle of the night and woke me up!

Keep in mind the best way to remember this or any vocabulary in English is to take the word or phrase write it in a sentence that’s true for you or true in your world and then memorize your sentences.

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