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Prepositions with Time

Posted by Sample HubSpot User on February 25, 2019 at 7:03 AM

Prepositions used with time expressions often cause problems. Here are some commonly used prepositions and situations in which they are used.



since + a point of time + present perfect

e.g. He has lived in Australia since 2016. I haven’t seen him since Monday.


from + a point of time + simple past

e.g. He lived in Ipswich from 2015 to 2018. He studied hard yesterday from 2:00 to 9:00 pm.


for + a period of time + present perfect

e.g. He has lived in Australia for 2 years. I haven’t seen him for at least a week.


for + duration of time + present perfect

e.g. I haven’t seen him for three days.


during + a period of time + simple past

e.g. He lived in Australia during January 2017. I didn’t see him during all of 2018.


period of time + ago + simple past

e.g. He visited Brisbane 3 months ago. Many years ago, he left Australia for Hong Kong and hasn’t returned since then.


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