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Welcome to your “On time” / “In time” / “At the end” / “In the end” lesson! In this topic we talk about:
• “On time” and “In time”
“At the end” and “In the end”
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“On time” and “In time”

“On time” means “punctual” or “not late”:

The plane took off on time.

Despite the traffic, I arrived on time.

“In time” means “early enough”:

Will you be there in time for a coffee?
(will you have time for a coffee?)

I sent him a birthday present, I hope it arrives in time.”
(at some point before his birthday)

The opposite of “in time” is “too late”:

I arrived at the stadium too late to see the first goal.

“Just in time” means “almost too late”:

She got to the airport just in time for registration.”

A lizard ran across the road, but I managed to stop just in time.”

“At the end” and “In the end”

“At the end” means “at the time when something ends”:

I get paid at the end of the month.”

At the end of the film, everyone left.

At the end of the concert there was a huge party.”

You cannot say “In the end of + time reference” for example:

In the end of January we’re buying a house.”

The opposite of “at the end of…” is “at the beginning of…”:

We’re going to France at the beginning of next week.”

“In the end” means “finally”:

Our dog was so loud that in the end we gave it away.

We planned a fantastic weekend but we didn’t go in the end.

The opposite of “in the end” is usually “at first”:

At first I hated snails, but in the end it became my favourite meal.”