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Prepositions of place are used  to show the position where someone or something is located. The tables below illustrate  the use of some of the most common prepositions of place in English.

 

The preposition ‘at’ is used to show a specific place or position.

 

at the airport at the entrance
at the front desk at the bus stop
at the cinema at the top
at the bottom at the crossroads
at the corner at the front
at the back at the center
at the station at the office

 

 

The preposition ‘in’ is used to indicate that something inside something else or in a wide flat area.

in a room in a building
in a drawer in in my wallet
in bed in the car
in Paris in France
in a book in a mosque
in the garden in the sea
in my stomach in the river

 

 

The preposition ‘on’ is use to show position on a horizontal or vertical surface.

 

on the floor on the window
on the face on the roof
on the page on the road
on a chair on the menu
on  a horse on the coast
on the ceiling on the wall
on a bike on a bridge

 

 

Notice the use of the prepositions of place atin and on in these standard expressions:

  • on television
  • on the radio
  • on the bus
  • on the train
  • on the plane
  • at school
  • at university
  • at college
  • at home
  • at work

 

 

Other frequently used prepositions of place in English

 

by, next to, beside
  • left or right of someone or something
  • Mary is standing by / next to / beside the flower pot
under
  • on the ground, lower than (or covered by) something else
  • My wallet is under the chair
below
  • lower than something else but above ground
  • do not write below this line
over
  • covered by something else
  • meaning more than
  • getting to the other side (also across)
  • overcoming an obstacle
  • Put the sweater over your shirt
  • over 18 (years of age)
  • walk over the bridge
  • climb over the wall
above
  • higher than something else, but not directly over it
  • the road above the lake
across
  • getting to the other side (also over)
  • getting to the other side
  • walk across the bridge
  • swim across the river
through
  • something with limits on top, bottom and the sides
  • drive through the tunnel
to
  • movement to person or building
  • movement to a place
  • go to the cinema
  • go to London / Ireland
into
  • enter a room / a building
  • go into the flat
towards
  • movement in the direction of something (but not directly to it)
  • go 3 steps towards the building
onto
  • movement to the top of something
  • jump onto the table
from
  • in the sense of where from
  • a car from England

 

 

 

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