On Time vs. In Time

On time means ‘at the planned time’. If you are ‘on time’, you are neither late nor early. The opposite is early or late.

  • The train arrived on time. (It was neither early nor late.)
  • We want the meeting to start exactly on time.

In time means ‘before the last moment’. The opposite is ‘too late’.

  • We arrived there in time.
  • He would have died if they hadn’t got him to hospital in time.

Manjusha Nambiar

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