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What is the difference between in time and on time?

Reward whoever comes on time.

Reward whoever comes in time.
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"on time" - there is an expected time. We are meeting friends for dinner at 7. I hope we will be on time and we don't make them wait for us.

"in time" - there is a deadline. If we are past this deadline, we will miss the chance to do something. The show starts at 8 p.m. and no one is admitted after the show starts. I hope we will make it to the theater in time.

(Your sample sentences are a little odd. Sometimes we say people or things come "in" -- either to arrive or to finish something. This project has no hope of coming in on time.)
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Anonymous:
Jackson6612What is the difference between in time and on time?

Reward whoever comes on time.

Reward whoever comes in time.

Anonymous:
differences between in time and on time
What's the difference between "reading the thread before posting" and "just posting, without reading the thread"?
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Jackson6612What is the difference between in time and on time?
See In time and On time.
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Anonymous:
In time = before you are late, with spare time
On time= punctual, specific time
Anonymous:
'In time' means to be at the edge of the specified time, with no spare time left. For e.g., "I reached the station in time, just to see the engine turning on."
'On time' means to punctual, with spare time left. For e.g., "I reached the station on time, packed my food from Comesum and then boarded the train."
Anonymous:
It's the other way around see :http://www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish-central-grammar-prepositions-in-time-v-on-time.htm

Cambridge Dictionaries Online.
What is the difference between on time and in time?"
"What is the difference between in the end and at the end?"
Michael Swan’s excellent Practical English Usage (Oxford University Press), provides a succinct answer to both of these questions:
"On time = at the planned time; neither late nor early:
Peter wants the meeting to start exactly on time.

In time = with enough time to spare; before the last moment:
He would have died if they hadn’t got him to the hospital in time." p. 450

"In the end = finally, after a long time:
In the end, I got a visa for Russia.

At the end = at the point where something stops:
I think the film’s a bit weak at the end. p. 450

To see examples of the use of these prepositional phrases, see the Web Concordancer:
http://www.edict.com.hk/concordance/
When you get to the home page, type each expression in turn into the 'search string' field. If you select 'The Times January 1995' in the 'select corpus' field, and then click on the 'search for concordances' button, you will find 123 examples of in time, 34 examples of on time, 101 uses of in the end, and 343 uses of at the end.

Regards,

Doris
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