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Preposition Rules ▼ Place/movement ▼ Time ▼ Dependent
Preposition Exercises ▼ Place/movement ▼ Time ▼ Dependent
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Prepositions of Place

There are three main prepositions of place: in, on and at.


My hamster is in his cage.

Use in when something is all around - for example buildings / rooms / towns / cities.

  • He's in England
  • He's in the supermarket
  • He's in a forest
  • It's in a book

We also say in the middle.


My hamster is on the table.

Use on when there is a surface underneath.

  • a picture on the wall
  • a bag on the floor
  • a hat on my head

We also say on the left/right.


My hamster is at my house.

Use at with addresses and "points in space".

  • I arrived at 45 North Street.
  • I arrived at the station.
  • I arrived at the old oak tree.

We also say at the top / bottom and at school / work / home.

Note: In and at can be very similar sometimes.

I'll meet you at the airport.

I'll meet you in the airport.

IN the airport emphasises inside the building. AT the airport could also mean outside it.

The teacher wants to relax in her garden.

Choose the best preposition of place (in, on or at) to complete these sentences.

  1. I'll meet you the station.
  2. I enjoy sunbathing the beach.
  3. I like swimming the sea.
  4. I hung the picture the wall.
  5. I slept the classroom.
  6. I slipped a banana skin.
  7. I work a hospital.
  8. I sat your hat.
  9. I found some money my purse.
  10. I arrived the cinema.

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