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"In time" is an adverb which is often translated as "con el tiempo", and "on time" is a phrase which is often translated as "a tiempo". Learn more about the difference between "in time" and "on time" below.
in time(
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (eventually)
a. con el tiempo
In time, everything will become clear.Con el tiempo todo se aclarará.
b. a la larga
Emotional wounds heal in time.Las heridas emocionales se sanan a la larga.
2. (punctually)
a. a tiempo
Emily is my best friend, and I have to get to her wedding in time!¡Emily es mi mejor amiga y tengo que llegar a su boda a tiempo!
3. (music)
a. al ritmo
The band won't work if we can't play in time with each other.La banda no saldrá adelante si no podemos tocar al ritmo de los demás.
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on time(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (punctual)
a. a tiempo
The delivery guy didn't deliver on time, so the pizza came out of his pay.El repartidor no llegó a tiempo, así que le sacaron la pizza de su salario.
They said the plane would arrive on time, but I have my doubts.Dijeron que el avión llegaría a tiempo, pero tengo mis dudas.
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