The 'future' groupThese nouns refer to times.
This use is very productive. The pattern is used to refer to years, as in in 2015. It is also used when referring to one part or stage of something, for example in the first week of June and in the early months of 2015.
in adolescence* in adulthood in autumn in boyhood in broad daylight in childhood in daylight in future in infancy in later life in moments of ... in old age* in peacetime in peak time in perpetuity in season in spring in summer in term time in wartime in winter in the aftermath of ... in the afternoon in the autumn in the beginning (of ...) in the evening in the fall in the future* in the heat of ... in the early/small hours* in the interim in the meantime in the meanwhile in the middle of ... in the morning in the nick of time in the old days in the olden days in the past in the rush hour in the spring in the summer in the wake of ... in my absence in my dotage in my life in my lifetime in my spare time in my younger days in ... times in ... years
We look now at the questions that will have to be addressed in the aftermath of the riots.
I'm scared stiff of what's going to happen in the future.
More than ever, people will be relying on pensions for security in old age.
In his spare time, he writes music, essays and plays.
In wartime as in peacetime the owners protected their profits to the bitter end.
In recent years there has been a great deal of public concern about the quality of education in America.
The nouns marked with an asterisk (*) also have the pattern into N.
Most twins, even identical twins, separate and form their own relationships as they grow into adulthood.