Reward whoever comes on time.
Reward whoever comes in time.
"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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Jackson6612What is the difference between in time and on time?
'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."
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:
In time = with enough time to spare; before the last moment:
"In the end = finally, after a long time:
At the end = at the point where something stops:
To see examples of the use of these prepositional phrases, see the Web Concordancer:
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.
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