Prepositions of location at/in/on. The prepositions at, in, and on can be used to reference time, location, or direction. These are the simple rules to use these prepositions in reference to location. We use 'at' when the location is a place. A preposition describes a relationship between other words in a sentence. In itself, a word like "in" or "after" is rather meaningless and hard to define in mere. Here are some useful ways to describe where things are. Location. Two things can be next to each other. (For example, A is next to B in the alphabet.) One thing.


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This is an idiom meaning that he's poor. In athe street is understood as an area enclosed by the sidewalks on either side.

Prepositions of Place - English Grammar

Compare b with the discussion of sentence 3 in the first section. Here, on locates the house on either side of Prepositions of location Street; it doesn't mean that the street is prepositions of location surface on which the house sits. Because the street is understood as a line next to which the house is situated, on functions much like at in its normal use; in other words, it locates the house in relation to the street but does not specify the exact address.


For that purpose, at is used because the address is like a particular point on the line. Passing his hands over the desk or resting his elbows upon the desk, he often looks across the desk and speaks of the desk or concerning the desk as if there were nothing else like the prepositions of location.


Because he thinks of nothing except the desk, sometimes you wonder about the desk, what's in the desk, what he paid for the desk, and if he could live without the desk.

You can walk toward the desk, to the desk, around the prepositions of location, by the desk, and even past the desk while he sits at the desk or leans against the desk.

All of this happens, of course, in time: And the professor can sit prepositions of location in a bad mood [another adverbial construction].

Prepositions of place and direction

Those words in bold blue font are all prepositions. Click HERE for a list of common prepositions that will be easy to print out.

You may prepositions of location learned that ending a sentence with a preposition is a serious breach of grammatical etiquette. It doesn't take a grammarian to spot a sentence-ending preposition, so this is an easy rule to get caught up on!

Although it is often easy to remedy the offending preposition, sometimes it isn't, and repair efforts sometimes result in a clumsy sentence.

Those who dislike the rule are fond of recalling Churchill's rejoinder: On On means that something prepositions of location in a position that is physically touching, covering or attached to something. The clock on the wall is slow.

He put the food on the table.


I can see a spider on the ceiling. We prepositions of location told not to walk on the grass. The both mean "at a higher position than X" but above normally refers to being directly vertically above you.

Prepositions of location and direction

Planes normally fly above the clouds. There is a ceiling above you.

There is a halo over my head.