On Time vs. In Time – what is the difference?
1. ON TIME
On time means that there is a specific time established when something is supposed/expected to happen, and it is happening at the planned time. In other words, On time means “at the right time”, “on schedule”
- If something happens on time, it happens at the time it was planned.
- The opposite of on time is late.
- The plane took off on time.
- I hope the meeting starts on time.
- Rachel is never on time. She’s always late.
- I want to start the meeting on time so please don’t be late.
- The 11.45 train left on time.
2. IN TIME
In time means that something happened at the last moment before it was too late; before something bad would happen. In other words, in time means “early enough”.
- The opposite of in time is too late.
- Just in time means almost too late.
- We’ll have to hurry if we want to be in time for the show.
- We got to the airport in time to have a coffee before checking in.
- I was about to close the door when just in time I remember my key. (at the last moment)
- We arrived in time to get some drinks before the show started.
- Will you be home in time for dinner?