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At, on or in? - Let's talk about places

Updated: Nov 1, 2023

In the previous blog post we looked at how at, in or on are used to talk about different time elements.

This blog post looks at these three small words again, but this time how they used with places.


Used for a POINT

at the bus stop

at the front desk

at home

"I'll meet you at the bus stop at 3 p.m."

"I'll be at work until 6 o'clock this evening."

"I met my best friend at university."


Used for an FIXED SPACE, but this does not mean a small space

in France

in London

in the park

"I'll wait for you in the car."

"Did you see the strange light in the sky last night?"

"I read an interesting article in the newspaper this morning."


Used for a SURFACE

on the wall

on the ceiling

on the carpet

"I am going to choose the most expensive meal on the menu."

"I put my yoga mat on the floor."

"I saw my favourite celebrity on the cover of a magazine."

On is also used for most forms of transport:

on a plane

on a train

on a bus

on a boat

on a bicycle

on a horse

Exceptions: the only forms of transport where in is used are car, taxi and helicopter.

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