English Language Learning




Prepositions of Place

AT - IN - ON

General Information


We use at for a point: at the window - at the entrance - at the door - at the end of the street - at the station - at the top

Example: Bill is waiting for you at the bus stop.


We use on for a surface: on the wall - on the ceiling - on the floor - on a page - on a cover

Example: Have you seen the notice on the notice board?


We use in for an enclosed space: in the garden - in the house - in London - in the water - in her bag - in a row - in a town

Example: There is nobody in the room. She lives in a small village.

Special Information


1. We say that someone is at an event: at a party - at a pop concert - at a conference - at a meeting.

Example: Tom is at a party.

2. We say at with buildings when we say where the event (film, concert,...) takes place.

Examples: Where were you yesterday? At the cinema. The meeting took place at the headquarters.

3. We say at someone's house.

Example: We were at Bill's house last Thursday.

4. We say at for a place which is a part of our journey.

Examples: We stopped at a very nice village. Does the train stop at Nashville?


1. We use on with small islands.

Example: She spent her holiday on a small island.

2. We say that a place is on the coast / on a river / on a road.

Example: London is on the river Thames. Portsmouth is on the south coast of England.


1. We say in when we talk about a building itself.

Example: The rooms in Tom's house are small.

2. We usually say in with towns and villages.

Example: His parents live in York.

Note these expressions


at home - at work - at school - at university - at college - at the station - at an airport - at the seaside - at sea (on a voyage) - at reception - at the corner of a street - at the back / front of a building / cinema / group of people, etc. - arrive at with other places or events


in the newspaper - in bed - in hospital - in prison - in the street - in the sky - in an armchair (sit) - in a photograph - in a picture - in a mirror - in the corner of a room - in the back / front of a car - arrive in a country or town


on a farm - on the left - on the right - on the ground floor - on the first, second,... floor - on the way - on the chair (sit) - on the radio - on television - on a horse - on the corner of a street - on the back / front of a letter / piece of paper etc.



We say go / come / travel / fly / walk / return / drive / have been etc. to a place or event.

Examples: Last year we flew to London. We went to work at seven.


We say go into / come into etc. = enter a room / building etc..

Example: He opened the door and went into the room.


We say by to say how we travel.

Examples: We went to Paris by plane. I usually go to work by bike / by car / by underground / by bus.


We say on foot.

We cannot use by if you say my car / the train / a taxi.

We use in for taxis and cars. I was in a taxi when she called me.

We use on for bike / public transport. I rode to school on my bike.



Prepositions of place - Exercise 1 - at, on, in

Prepositions of place - Exercise 2 - at, on, in

Prepositions of place - Exercise 3 - at, on, in, to, by

Prepositions of place - Exercise 4 - at, on, in, to, into, by

Prepositions of place - Exercise 5 - to, at, on, in

Prepositions of place - Exercise 6 - to, at, on, in, into

Prepositions of place - multiple choice exercise

Prepositions of place - grammar test

Prepositions of place and time - multiple choice exercise