IN/ ON/ AT: Useful Prepositions of TIME and PLACE

IN ON AT!  Learn Prepositions of TIME and PLACE (in/ on/ at) with useful grammar rules, example sentences, video and ESL printable worksheets. When it comes to using the prepositions of in, on and at there are certain things that you must keep in mind. It can be tricky for learners of the English language to get their heads around the use of the prepositions in, on and at but with this section, you will find it much easier.

Prepositions of TIME and PLACE (IN/ ON/ AT)

We are going to be looking at what these prepositions are used for and the rules that you should consider when using them. This will give you much more confidence in forming sentences in your written and spoken English.

IN/ ON/ AT: Prepositions of Time

IN

The preposition IN is used for non-specific times, for example: years, months

In + Parts of the day

Prepositions examples:

  • In the morning
  • In the afternoon
  • In the evening

In + Months

Examples:

  • In January
  • In February

In + Seasons

Examples:

  • In (the) spring
  • In (the) summer

IN + Years

Examples:

  • In 1980
  • In 1969

In + Decades

Examples:

  • In the 1960s
  • In the seventies

In + Centuries

Examples:

  • In the 15th century
  • In the 21st century

IN + Weeks

Examples:

  • In a week
  • In 2 weeks

IN + Periods of time

Examples:

  • In the past
  • In the next century
  • In the future
  • In the middle ages
  • In a moment

IN + Holidays

Examples:

  • In the Easter holiday

ON

The preposition of time ON is used for dates, days of the week and holidays with “day”

On + Days

Examples:

  • On Monday
  • On Thursday
  • On Sunday

On + Dates

Examples:

  • On April 3rd
  • On 1st January 2013
  • On the 10th
  • On the first day

On + Holidays with “day”

Examples:

  • On New Year’s day
  • On Christmas day
  • On Easter day

On + Specific days

Examples:

  • On my birthday
  • On my wedding day
  • On that day

On + Time

Examples:

  • On the weekend (U.S.)
  • On weekdays
  • On time
  • On a summer evening

On + Day + Part of day

Examples:

  • On Sunday morning(s)
  • On Friday afternoon(s)
  • On Monday evening(s)

AT

The preposition AT is used for specific times and holidays without “day”

At + Hours

Examples:

  • At 7 am
  • At 12 o’clock

At + Parts of the day

Examples:

  • At night
  • At noon/ midday
  • At midnight

At + Holidays without “day”

Examples:

  • At Easter
  • At Christmas
  • At New Year

At + Time

Examples:

  • At present
  • At the weekend (U.K)
  • At breakfast
  • At the moment

Prepositions of Time IN ON AT

IN/ ON/ AT: Prepositions of Time

IN/ ON/ AT: Prepositions of Place

IN

For describing place, the preposition IN is used for the largest or most general places. You can say that “I lived in London as a child.” And “He’s a very famous person in Chinatown.”

In + Countries

Examples:

  • In England
  • In America

In + Cities

Examples:

  • In London
  • In New York

In + Neighborhood

Examples:

  • In Manhattan
  • In Chinatown

In + Enclosed Space

Examples:

  • In a traffic jam
  • In a building
  • In a car

ON

The preposition of place ON is used for more specific places, like certain streets. You can say that “He took a northbound trolley on State Street.

On + Means of transport

Examples:

  • On a bus
  • On a train
  • On a plane

On + Communications

Examples:

  • On the radio
  • On the television
  • On the phone
  • On the Internet

On + Surfaces

Examples:

  • On a table
  • On a wall
  • On the floor
  • On the roof

AT

The preposition AT is used in the following descriptions of place/position

At + Exact Addresses or Intersections

Examples:

  • At 23 Birch Street
  • At 734 State Street

At + Specific Locations/ Points

Examples:

  • At The Empire State Building
  • At the corner
  • At the bus stop

Prepositions of Place IN ON AT

IN/ ON/ AT: Prepositions of Place

IN/ ON/ AT: Prepositions of TIME and PLACE

How to Use Prepositions of TIME and Prepositions of PLACE Correctly.

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Natasha Muchak
Natasha Muchak
2 years ago

Hi,my name is Natasha.Im ukrainian.I like it very much .Its good way to improve my english. I waned to ask, how can I get such explanations in PDF. Thanks in advance.
Best regards.

Abbie
Abbie
1 year ago

In USA, we don’t say at Easter, we say ON Easter, just like every other day.

Yana
Yana
1 year ago

It’s really very strange to know that we have to put “ON” with “weekend”. I’ve been taught for many years that the right preposition is “AT”. I’ve just looked in my favourite grammar book Murhpy and – preposition “at”, at the week-end. And one more, “in” the holiday confuses me.

Christiana
Christiana
11 months ago
Reply to  Yana

‘At the weekend’ and ‘On the weekend’ are both correct. One is American and one is British.

Leo
Leo
10 months ago
Reply to  Yana

“on the weekend” is American English

Yana
Yana
1 year ago

And again, IN THE STREET, not ON the street. What’s going on? According to” English Grammar in use”

Christiana
Christiana
11 months ago
Reply to  Yana

In the street has a different meaning from On the street.
In the street means that you are where the cars drive on and on the street means on the footpath.

So, being in the street is dangerous cos one could be hit by a car.

Nancy
Nancy
6 months ago

Excellent explanation and icons too!

samaaira
samaaira
3 months ago
Reply to  Nancy

yes

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