arrive in time / arrive on time

  • aztlaniano

    Senior Member
    English (Aztlán, US sector)
    Welcome, Marinuqui! :)
    Arrive on time. = Llegar a la hora prevista/fijada.
    Arrive in time. = Llegar a tiempo (para algo).

    I didn't arrive on time, but I did arrive in time to see her open her birthday presents.
     

    applepi

    Senior Member
    spanish
    So, we would say "I arrived in time to get my train" but not "I arrived on that to get my train"; is that correct?

    Thank you!
     

    sandpiperlily

    Senior Member
    In the case of catching the train, both "in time" and "on time" are fine. The first implies that you arrived with enough time to catch the train, while the second implies that you got there before or at the time the train was scheduled to depart. In most cases this is the same thing, but you can see a subtle difference:

    "I didn't arrive on time, but the train was delayed so I made it in time to catch it anyway." (ie. the train was scheduled to leave at 12, you got there at 12:05, but the train was delayed until 12:10).
     
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