How to use the prepositions ‘On’, ‘At’ and ‘In’ | GoProfe

preposition

Prepositions link nouns, pronouns, or noun phrases to some other part of the sentence.

Prepositions can be tricky for English learners because there is no definite formula to choose a preposition. Reading and listening in English are very useful ways to recognize when to use a preposition, and you can always follow our tips here below:

How to use ‘On’ 

To specify days and dates:

  • The garbage truck comes on Mondays.
  • I was born on the 25th day of July in 1956.

To indicate a part of the body:

  • The stick hit me on my knee.
  • He kissed me on my lips.
  • I wear a ring on my finger.

To talk about the surface of something:

  • I put an egg on the kitchen table.
  • The paper is on my desk.

To indicate a device or machine, such as a phone or computer:

  • He is on the phone right now.
  • She has been on the computer since this morning.
  • My favorite movie will be on TV tonight.

To indicate the state of something:

  • Everything in this store is on sale.
  • The building is on fire.

How to use ‘At’:

To point out a specific time:

  • I will meet you at 12 p.m.
  • The bus will stop here at 5:45 p.m.

To indicate a place:

  • There is a party at the club house.
  • There were hundreds of people at the park.
  • We saw a baseball game at the stadium.

To indicate an email address:

  • Please email me at abc@defg.com.

To indicate an activity:

  • He laughed at my acting.
  • I am good at drawing a portrait.

How to use preposition ‘In’:

For unspecific times during a day, month, season, year:

  • She always reads newspapers in the morning.
  • In the summer, we have a rainy season for three weeks.
  • The new semester will start in March.

To indicate a location or place:

  • She looked me directly in the eyes.
  • I am currently staying in a hotel.
  • My hometown is Los Angeles, which is in California.

To indicate a shape, color, or size:

  • This painting is mostly in blue.
  • The students stood in a circle.
  • This jacket comes in four different sizes.

To express while doing something:

  • In preparing for the final report, we revised the tone three times.
  • A catch phrase needs to be impressive in marketing a product.

To indicate a belief, opinion, interest, or feeling:

  • I believe in the next life.
  • We are not interested in gambling.

 

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