Tag Archives: l’heure

Time Prepositions

Il vaut mieux apprendre quelques exemples par coeur, parce que c’est difficile d’établir des règles. Les prépositions employées pour l’heure, les temps, les dates sont:

on, in, at

faites ce petit exercice:

1. I always get up _______ 6 O’clock
2. My appointment is _________ Monday
3. Most people take their holidays _______ July or August
4. I like to do most of work _______ the morning
5. What do you do ______ the weekend?
6. Owls are nocturnal. They do their hunting _______ night
7. I stay up late ______ the weekend, but I go to bed early _____ the week

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    Réponses:

    1. I always get up at 6 O’clock
    2. My appointment is on Monday
    3. Most people take their holidays in July or August
    4. I like to do most of work in the morning
    5. What do you do at/on the weekend?
    6. Owls are nocturnal. They do their hunting at night
    7. I stay up late at/on the weekend, but I go to bed early in the week

      Telling Time

      One story I often tell in class is about what happened to me one day on the Old Port in Marseille. I thought I could understand the question ‘Quelle heure est-il s’il vous plaît?’, because that is what I had learned in school. However, on this particular day, a young man approached me and said,
      ” ‘scuse-moi, t’as l’heure?”
      and of course, I didn’t understand a word!

      This can happen in English too. Although you may have learned in school ‘what time is it?’, be prepared to hear things like:

      ‘got the time on you?’
      ‘have you got the time?’
      ‘could you give me the time’ (couldya gimme the time?)