Prepositions: at, on and in – places
When do you use at, on and in in relation to places? This is a tricky topic but once you regularly use these prepositions in either conversation or written form, it does start to become a lot easier.
n a position at a point:
Turn left at the next corner.
The plane stops for an hour at Tokyo.
n an activity in a building:
She works at Starbucks.
There’s currently a good movie at the cinema.
n a place people study:
She studies at Cambridge University.
n group activities:
At the meeting, we presented our new designs.
At a soccer match, the footballers wear special football trainers.
n a position along a route of a road or a river:
She lives on Times Street.
Paris is on the river Seine.
It is on the left.
n the position on a surface:
Dinner is on the table.
There is a stain on the ceiling.
n use of public transport, motorcycles, bicycles and horses:
There is space on the bus.
I will go on my bike.
n the position inside a large area:
I live in Tokyo.
Let’s go for a walk in the woods.
n a position in a line:
You are in a queue.
n use of cars:
He went in a taxi.
Unfortunately, there are some exceptions to this list but overall, this does summarize the main themes of these tricky prepositions.