Book your course now

In, On, At - Prepositions of Place

Average: 3.9 (67 votes)

Generally, we use at, in and on when we talk about the location of things.

What do the prepostions in these three things tell us about the locations?

"Meet Simon at the end of the road."
"You left your glasses in the bathroom."
"Is that a spider on the wall?"

At a Point

At tells us that the following noun is located at a specific point or location. It shows an exact position.

"She's waiting at the entrance."
"He's sitting on his chair at his desk."
"I work at a bank."

In an Enclosed Space

In tells us the noun is in an enclosed space (surround or closed off on all sides). Basically, when something is inside something.

In a box.
In a room.
In a country.

On a Surface

On tells us that the following noun is located on a surface. Use on when one thing is attatched to or touching somthing.

On the table.
On the floor.
On the chair.

What's the difference bewteen these two sentences?

She's at the library.
She's in the library.

She's at the library. - the emphasis is on the her location and the type of place she has gone to.
She's in the library. - the emphasis is on the type of building she is in.

Both of these sentences are fine to answer the question, "Where is she?"

Now decide which preposition needs to be used:

  • 1 - I always keep some extra money __ my bag in case of emergencies.

  • 2 - I'll read it tonight ___ home.

  • 3 - Do you live ___ a house or an apartment?

  • 4 - Did you learn English ___ Malta?

  • 5 - She grew up ___ a farm.

  • 6 - I read about it ___ the newspaper.

  • 7 - He went for a swim ___ the river

  • 8 - The dog's sleeping ___ the carpet.

  • 9 - The information is ___ the top of the page.

  • 10 - Were you ___ the party too?


Your Answers

For a couple of these questions more than one answer may be possible. If you disagree with my answer please let me know and justify why you think another answer is possible.



Your answers

How correct is it to say "she grow on a farm

Grow up

Almost right, try "She grew up on a farm".

'Grow up' is a phrasal verb meaning "to become older or an adult".



But farm is not any surface,

But farm is not any surface, rather it's a building that covered the noun through and through.
So, to my thinking, 'in' seems appropriate in this case.....

please explain!

Farm House

Farm applies to the land and buildings (barns, stables) on it. The area is a farm. A farm house is where people on a farm live.



3 Mistakes ;(

I don't know right answers, but I was shocked with RIVER, FARM, and PAGE...Sad
Thank you for the Lesson!Smile

i made same mistakes...but

i made same mistakes...but for river, i'm in may not be is it possible to swim in the river(swimming is not a activity that is done under water)if native speakers speaking like dis i dont know....


thankyou for lesson


Did you learn English ___ Malta?

I have doubt about the answer for above.

'In' is used with countries

'In' is used with countries e.g. "I was born in Spain."

'On' is used with small islands.

"He was shipwrecked on an island."

It was difficult.

It was difficult.

she grew up at farm. She

she grew up at farm.
She grew up on a farm.
These both sentence is right or wrong


she grew up on a farm , is right