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How to Use Prepositions of Place: AT – IN – ON

How to Use Prepositions of Place: AT – IN – ON

Prepositions of place are used to identify the locations of people, places and things.


If something is on a line or a horizontal or vertical surface, we use on

Tom is on the printer



If something is contained inside a box or a wide flat area, we use in

There is a surprise in the box


If something is at a point, (it could be a building) we use at

Mary is at home

on the table
on the wall
on the floor
on the window
on my face
on a plate
on the page
on the sofa
on a chair
on a bag
on the river
on a t-shirt
on the ceiling
on a bottle
on a bike
on his foot

in the newspaper
in a house
in a cup
in a drawer
in a bottle
in a bag
in bed
in a car
in London
in England
in a book
in a pub
in a field
in the sea
in my stomach
in a river

at the airport.
at the door.
at the table.
at the bus stop.
at the cinema.
at the top.
at the bottom.
at the pub.
at the traffic lights.
at the front.
at the back.
at school.
at university.
at the window.
at the hospital.
at the piano.

Here are some more common ones that don’t really fit:

  • on TV
  • on the bus
  • on a train
  • on a plane
  • on the radio
  • at home
  • at work

Using IN, AT, ON

Where’s Mary?

  • She’s on the call.
  • She’s on the phone
  • She’s on her break
  • She’s on holiday

Where’s Jee?

  • She’s in a meeting.
  • She’s in the hospital
  • She’s in class.
  • She’s in the room.
  • She’s in the car.

Where’s Tom?

  • He’s at home.
  • He’s at work.
  • He’s at school.
  • he’s at a conference.
  • He’s at the movies.
  • He’s at the beach.

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