Intermediate grammar exercise: prepositions of time – during, over, for, by, until
English grammar practice exercise, for pre-intermediate and intermediate level.
In this exercise you will practise the following prepositions of time:
during, over, for, by, until.
Choose the correct preposition in the following sentences.
|Prepositions of time: during, for, over, by, until|
|We use during to talk about something that happens within a particular period of time, to say when something takes place.
We also use during to talk about something that happens within the same time as another event.
|During my time in London I visited a lot of interesting places.
He came to work during the morning meeting.
|We use over or in to talk about something that has been happening continuously up until the present, or will happen continuously in the future.||We've had a lot of problems over / in the last few months.
We expect a rise in sales over / in the next few months.
|We use for to say how long something continues.||I can only come for a few minutes.
I was waiting for him for two hours.
|We use by to say that something will happen or be achieved before a particular time.||It has to be finished by two o'clock.
He should return by the end of March.
|We use until to say that something will continue up to a particular time.||We'll be here until July.
The concert went on until eleven o'clock.
|We use in to express a time (in the future) from now.||I'm going on holiday in a week. (= ‘one week from now’)
I'll be back in five minutes. (= ‘five minutes from now’)