Prepositions of Place
Prepositions of Place (At, In, On)The prepositions "at," "in," and "on" are regularly used in expressions of place. For example:
"At" is used for a precise point.
- at the bus stop
- at the front door
- at the entrance
- at the reception desk
"On" is used with a surface.
- on the street
- on the carpet
- on the floor
- on the front cover
"In" is used for an enclosed space.
- in my pocket
- in the box
- in the car
- in the garden
Your Go!It's your go. Select the correct preposition:
More Examples with "At""At" is generally used for a precise point:
- Meet me at the park bench.
- Sarah works at the club house.
- Matt saw the owl at the barn.
More Examples with "On""On" is generally used with a surface:
- The printer in on my desk.
- Please put the candle on the ledge.
- The drinks are on the counter.
More Examples with "In""In" is generally used with for an enclosed space:
- I am in my room.
- The mouse is in the box.
- We are sitting in my car.
Set Time PhrasesHere are some set phrases that are not obvious fits for the guidelines presented above.
Set Phrases with "At":
|She is currently at home.
|Jack met Jill at school.
|at the bottom
|The treasure is at the bottom of the sea.
|at the top
|I'll meet you at the top of the mountain.
|I hope you do not act like this at work.
Set Phrases with "On":
|What is on television tonight?
|on the radio
|I heard you on the radio yesterday.
|on the left/right
|The bank is the first building on the left.
|on a bike
|Christ on a bike! You did what?
|on a bus
|The dog was found on a bus.
|on a horse
|You look confident on a horse.
|on a plane
|It is a film about deadly snakes on a plane.
|on a ship
|Her father worked on a ship for forty years.
|on a train
|We should travel on a train next time.
Set Phrases with "In":
|in a row
|I rolled three sixes in a row.
|in the newspaper
|Don't believe anything you read in the newspaper.
|in the sky
|There was a double rainbow in the sky.
|I was lost in France.
|It is too expensive to live in London.
|My aunties all worked in Florida during the 1980s.