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Difference between 'on time' and 'about time'



 
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Difference between 'on time' and 'about time' #1 (permalink) Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:25 am   Difference between 'on time' and 'about time'
 

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ESL/EFL Test #214 "What comes next (the letter)", question 10

I had to pay for you. So isn't it .........?

(a) on time you paid me back
(b) in time you paid me back
(c) about time you paid me back
(d) over time you paid me back

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #214 "What comes next (the letter)", answer 10

I had to pay for you. So isn't it about time you paid me back?

Correct answer: (c) about time you paid me back

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I had to pay for you. So isn't it on time you paid me back?
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What's the difference between 'on time' and 'about time'?

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On time vs. about time #2 (permalink) Fri Sep 29, 2006 14:00 pm   On time vs. about time
 

On time means 'at the right time': the bus arrived on time.

It also means 'punctual': you're always on time.

'It's about time (or 'it's high time') you paid me back' means 'you should have paid me long ago'.
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Difference between 'on time' and 'about time' #3 (permalink) Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:19 am   Difference between 'on time' and 'about time'
 

Hi teacher
I understanded the meaning of on time but i haven't understood the meaning of about time yet.
do you mean about time means long time in the past?
please help me.
thanks
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Difference between 'on time' and 'about time' #4 (permalink) Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:02 am   Difference between 'on time' and 'about time'
 

Hi,

The sense of 'about' in this context is that the action is late or overdue. In this sentence: It's about time you found a job and stopped sleeping all day. This means the time has come when you must find a job - you have not tried very hard but you really must do something now.

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Difference between 'on time' and 'about time' #5 (permalink) Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:27 am   Difference between 'on time' and 'about time'
 

hi
i understand the meaning of on time but i'm still confused the meaning of in time
please explain
thanks
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Difference between 'on time' and 'about time' #6 (permalink) Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:34 am   Difference between 'on time' and 'about time'
 

Hi,

'On time' suggests 'punctual' 'punctually'

'In time' suggests before it's too late.

We must get to the station in time because the train is always on time.

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Difference between 'on time' and 'about time' #7 (permalink) Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:59 am   Difference between 'on time' and 'about time'
 

helloooo everybody....
and what about over time???

does in time mean before the time only, couse i heard from someone maybe it refers to after the time but with a min or something??? can u help???!!!
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Difference between 'on time' and 'about time' #8 (permalink) Mon Dec 20, 2010 18:33 pm   Difference between 'on time' and 'about time'
 

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