Prepositions of Place – AT, IN, ON

There is a lot of confusion about the prepositions AT, IN, ON related to place.

The prepositions IN, ON, AT can be used to locate something.

Here are some explanations altogether with example sentences.


AT is used to describe the position of something at a particular place.


at the bus (railway) station, airport

at the entrance /door /gate

at the crossroads /junction

at the top of the mountain/hill/ building

at Clare’s house / at home

Example sentences:

They were very proud when they arrived at the top of the mountain.

You can call me on my stable phone. I’ll be at home all day.

Jane was standing at the door when she saw them coming.


IN is used to describe the position of something within a closed space.


In a bus / car / taxi

In a building / restaurant/ cafe / school / hospital

In a bag / suitcase / wallet

In London / New York

In Mexico / the UK

in the news / magazine / newspaper

Example sentences:

She found some clothes in her wardrobe.

She was watching around while driving in a taxi.

I’ve never lived in Mexico.


ON is used to describe a position on top of a surface of something.


On the wall/ celling/

On the table / desk / shelf

On the floor / carpet / rug

On a street / road

On a river / beach / coast / island

On the website / page / screen

Example sentences:

They hang a picture on the wall.

Your keys are on the table.

You can find more information about ticket reservations on this website.

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