How to Use Prepositions of TIME and PLACE Correctly

Learn Simple Method to Use Prepositions of TIME and PLACE AT, IN, ON Correctly.

Prepositions of TIME and PLACE

PREPOSITIONS OF TIME

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

In + Parts of the day

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

The preposition 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)

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 PLACE

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

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

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

The preposition 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

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

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