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For Life
2006.03.31(Review of 2000.08.12 edition)

Just as one memorable trip can change a life, one simple letter can make a world of difference. Read on and see what we mean!

Today's LessonCATEGORY: 混同しやすい言葉
ON TIME vs. IN TIME   時間通りに vs. 間に合って

Explanation

  • If something happens on time, it happens at the scheduled time.

    If something happens in time, it happens early enough to make something else possible.
  • on time は、予定されている時刻に何かが起こることを意味します。

    in time は、何かが早めに起こることによって、別のことが可能になる、つまり、〜に間に合う、という意味です。

examples

  1. I've heard that the trains in Tokyo are always on time. Is that really true?
  2. a: Will the flight be arriving on time?
    b: No, I'm afraid it's been delayed.
  3. It's a popular movie, so even if you get to the theater on time, you might not be in time to get a seat.
  4. I didn't get to the gate in time, so I had to take a later flight.
  5. (to a visitor at the door)
    You're just in time for dinner. We were just sitting down to eat.

英会話レッスンAnd that's the end of this week's WordMaster series - just in time for the weekend!