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


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

Examples:

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

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

Examples:

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

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

Examples:

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.


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