While looking at World Cup match schedules, I saw this phrase:

All times are Pacific Time

I googled a bit and found similar but different phrase:

All times are in Pacific Time

So, is one of them wrong? Is the "in" needed?

  • Both are normal Jun 19, 2014 at 6:43

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Both are okay and understandable.

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But still, if we think a bit further, we find a very little difference.

When it comes to conversion, I think more common is using the preposition i.e. in. Having said this, All times are Pacific Times refers to the times directly and on the other hand, adding a preposition in builds the context of conversion from other time zones to the Pacific.

Google results shows the structure with in used more frequently as compared to the sentence without preposition.

We often come across the charts and tables where the figure from the perspective of converting different units is described with preposition. For instance, distance in kilometer, weight in pounds, figure in dollars and so time in Pacific.

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    Just because two phrases are similar but different doesn't always mean that one of them is wrong.
    – Sydney
    Jun 19, 2014 at 10:21
  • @SydneyAustraliaESLTeacher Nobody said either of them is wrong. I said it's just preferred.
    – Maulik V
    Jun 19, 2014 at 11:39
  • @MaulikV I believe that I can't verify the claim "Google results show the structure with in used more frequently". The best I could do was searching for "times are in Pacific Time", which returned 111 results, compared to "times are Pacific Time", which returned 157 results. Jun 19, 2014 at 12:16
  • @DamkerngT. I said similar structure not the same string. To know the good amount of results, I had to change the search term. As UTC time is quite popular, I searched -- Time is UTC time and Time is in UTC time.
    – Maulik V
    Jun 19, 2014 at 12:29
  • @MaulikV: meatie (OP) asked 'is one of them wrong?'
    – Sydney
    Jun 19, 2014 at 12:59

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