Prepositions Of Time – IN The Evening Or ON The Evening
On the evening vs In the evening – Which one is grammatically correct? Is “on” or “in” the right preposition to use in this case? Stay here with us and together, we’ll not only find out the answer to this question but also learn about the uses of common prepositions of time. Here we go.
How to use the prepositions properly is always a big question for almost every learner of English for sure. In fact, there are many different prepositions in English, including in, on, at, during, while, before, after, etc, and each one of them has different usages in different contexts. Of course, using prepositions is always complicated that it might cause a lot of confusion for us when making a sentence, right?
When it comes to prepositions, we have a question for you. So, in your opinion, should we say “We will meet in the evening” or “We will meet on the evening?” We bet that this is a common question that many non-native speakers also wonder about.
Is “on” or “in” the right preposition in this case? Right now, we’ll find out the answer to this question. But first, as usual, we will together recall some important knowledge related to the uses common prepositions of time (in, on, and at) before coming into the question “Is IN the evening or ON the evening correct?”
Common prepositions of time: At, In, On
Though we use many different prepositions for talking about days, weeks, months, years, seasons, and so on, we just focus on the uses of 3 most common ones (in, on, at) in this article. Right below here is a table comparing the uses of these 3 prepositions:
|At||At + Specific times||At 8 p.m, at 5 o’clock|
|At + Holiday periods||At Christmas, At Thanksgiving, At Easter|
|At + Mealtimes||At breakfast time, At lunchtime, At dinnertime,|
|Others||At midnight (= at 12 p.m), at midday (= at 12 a.m), at noon, at the weekend|
|In||In + Months||In January, In September|
|In + Years||In 2000, In 1987|
|In + Seasons||In Spring, In Summer|
|In + Centuries||In the 20th century|
|In + Parts of the Day||In the morning, in the evening|
|In + Longer periods of time||In the past, in the present, in the 1990s|
|On||On + Days of the week||On Monday, On Tuesday, On Saturday|
|On + Days of the week + Parts of the Days||On Monday morning, on Tuesday afternoon, on Friday evening|
|On + Dates||On March 12th, on December 31st|
|On + Special Days||On New Year’s Eve, On Thanksgiving Day, On Christmas Day|
In the evening or On the evening
Looking at the table above that compares the uses of at, in, and on as the most common prepositions of time, we know that IN the evening is correct. Since “evening” is a part of the day, it’s used with preposition IN. Similarly, we also always say “in the morning,” and “in the afternoon.”
We just have a light meal in the evening. -- Correct
We just have a light meal on the evening. -- Incorrect
However, it’s correct to use ON the evening/morning/afternoon + of + dates, such as ON the evening of September 12th.
Besides, you can also use the preposition ON with evening/morning/afternoon if there is a suitable modifier (like Days of the week) added between ON and evening. For example, “The party will take place on Monday evening.”
Now, let’s move on to learn about other prepositions to go with “the evening.”
Other prepositions used with “The Evening”
Well, along with IN, there are other prepositions that can be used with the evening, including:
• During the evening -- Traffic volumes are high during the evening.
• For the evening -- Where is my snack for the evening?
• By evening --I will finish the report by this evening.
Some last words
After all, we now know that between in (the evening) and on (the evening,)IN is the right preposition to go with “the evening” for sure. However, “ON + the evening” is still correct and acceptable when there’s a modifier added in your sentence (like we mentioned above.)
Besides, our today’s article also reminded you of the uses of common prepositions of time (at, in, and on).Well, there’s no denying that using prepositions is not easy and simple at all. But we still hope that this post really helps you become less confused when it comes to using prepositions in the English language.
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