Word Usage

"In time" usually has an implicit "for (some event)", whereas "on time" means "before some deadline".

The "event" could be a deadline, but in that case "on time" is much more common.

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Examples:

"I got there in time for the parade"

"I delivered the report in time for him to lớn read it before the meeting"

"I got khổng lồ town in time (for)/(to catch) the last train"

"I got there in time" - meaning "in time for some sự kiện which is assumed lớn be known".

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"I got there on time" - meaning "before the deadline" - which may be known lớn the hearer, but does not need to be, because the phrase itself implies a deadline as opposed to some other event.


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On time means at a particular designated time, i.e. Neither especially early nor late. The train is scheduled lớn arrive on time at 13:36.

In time means early enough, i.e. Before a deadline or another cutoff. Passengers were required khổng lồ be at the gate by 3:05pm; we didn"t get to the airport till 3, but there was no line at security, so we still made it in time.


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In this case, "on time" is the proper choice.

More details about the differences:

"In time" is used khổng lồ suggest that I was able to perform an kích hoạt before another event occurred:

I was able to lớn reach you in time.

The difference between "in time" & "on time" would be deadlines or schedules that revolve around very specific date or hour:

The train was on time.

The project was completed on time.

Of note, the phrases can also be used in other unrelated contexts:

(in music) Step in time.

Dorian Gray was stuck in time.

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Without further reference, on time is probably a better construction. A time has been set (a deadline) và the task will be done by then.

The project was scheduled for three months và it came in on time.

In time is usually used to lớn refer to being completed in relation khổng lồ something else.

I arrived at trang chủ in time to lớn see my children before they left for school.


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It seems to be the prepositional phrase for xxx that makes the difference. If I say,

Please submit your paper in time.

You may ask

In time for what?

But if I say

Please submit your paper on time.

You might ask

When is it due?


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The two are both proper grammar. However, they carry different meanings. "Let the task be done on time." implies it to lớn be completed by a certain time (usually a scheduled deadline) and no later. "Let the task be done in time." implies the task should be completed by the specified time.

Let"s use different verbs: "Let the task be started on time." implies it to lớn be started at a certain time và no earlier. "Let the task be started in time." implies the task should be started by the specified time và no later.

Because of limited context, it is hard khổng lồ say which would fit this case better.


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You would use "on time" to lớn mean by a certain specific date an time. "In time" describes an event in which the chronology may not be that explicit.

Papers are due on 11/15 by noon. All students are expected khổng lồ submit their papers on time.

Do you think we can get help on this project in time for it to lớn be useful?


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