On time vs. in time

English Idioms and Expressions, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #25 [color=blue]“Mark Idioms”, question 9

As they were very slow off the mark, they missed some of the good bargains.

(a) not sure on time
(b) not clear on time
© not fine on time
(d) not ready on time

English Idioms and Expressions, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #25 [color=blue]“Mark Idioms”, answer 9

As they were not ready on time, they missed some of the good bargains.

Correct answer: (d) not ready on time
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Hi,

Could ‘not ready in time’ be used here?

haihao

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Yes.
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Thank you. And which is better?

haihao

Hi Haihao

‘On time’ is probably a more appropriate description since it refers to a very specific starting time. But I personally wouldn’t use either on time or in time in the sentence. I think on time was given mainly as a choice of definition, not as a typical usage in the sentence.

Amy

Hi Amy,

Thank you very much for your comments and directions, as always. I was like trying to say 'as they didn’t hit the road in time, they… I felt weird to say 'as they were not ready on time, they…

Thanks again.

haihao