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Time Prepositions

Just a little reminder, these prepositions are hard to predict so must be learned by heart:

We say:

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc
On the weekend
On weekdays

In January, February, etc
In the morning, the afternoon, the evening
In three days (dans 3 jours – evenement futur)
In the Spring, Summer, Autumn (Fall), Winter
In the week

At 10 O’clock
At night
At the weekend (on is OK too)

Verbs to use with time and money

Time is Money!

In English we think of time as a commodity that can be bought, invested in, lost or wasted, just like money. You will often hear people using the same verbs for time that they use for money:

to spend money (dépenser de l’argent)
to spend time (passer du temps)

to save money (économiser ou épargner de l’argent)
to save time (gagner du temps)

to make money (faire de l’argent)
to make time (trouver le temps de faire quelque chose)

to lose money (perdre de l’argent)
to lose time (perdre du temps)

to waste money (gaspiller de l’argent)
to waste time (perdre (dans le sens de ‘gaspiller’) du temps)

Other verbs that people often use with time:

to buy (acheter)
to borrow (emprunter)
to steal (voler)
to lend (prêter)

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?)

comment dire l’heure

Ecoutez et répétez!