Prepositions of Place: AT, IN, ON English Grammar Tutorial

Prepositions of Place: AT, IN, ON English Grammar Tutorial

In this complete tutorial for beginners’ learners would be able to tell the preposition of place. A preposition of place is a preposition that is used to refer to a place where something or someone is located. There are only three prepositions of place “AT”, “In”, and “ON”, let’s discuss this in more detail.

Before we proceed, watch the video here.

Preposition at:

  1. a specific point or place

2. An Exact address:

He lives at 13 Avenue Street.

He lives at Avenue Street. X

He lives on Avenue Street.

3. Events:

4. Buildings where an event or activity takes place:

at the hotel

at the cinema

at the library

at the police station etc.…

5. Somebody’s house:

He is at Paul’s house.

She lives at her parents’ house.

6. A Stop on a journey:

We stopped at a nice village.

The bus to Bangkok stops at Korat.

7. Standard Expressions:

Preposition on:

1. For the surface

2.Attached to

3. The coast/ rivers/ roads:

Nongkai is a Province on the South Eastern of Thailand.

London is on the river Thames.

He lives on Avenue Street.

4. Standard Expressions:

on a farm

on the left / on the right

on the ground floor/ on the 1st floor / on the 2nd floor…

on the radio

on television

on a ship

on the bus

Preposition in:

  1. An enclosed space with a large place with boundaries;

in a container

in the kitchen

in the forest

in the garden

in the desert and so on…

  1. Towns or cities;

He lives in Manila.

Jason is in the village.

They are in Paris to watch the fashion show.


  1. Standard expressions;

in the newspaper             in a boat

in prison                          in the sky

in hospital                        in a row

in Avenue Street              in a lift (elevator)

in a taxi                            in photograph

sit in an armchair (sit on a chair / on a stool)

in the water / in the sea

Practice Exercise 1

Put in the correct prepositions in, on and at

  1. Do you think it is a good idea to ban smoking ______ public places?
  2. Look at the picture ______ the wall.
  3. My house is ______ the end of the street.
  4. I stopped ______ Nancy’s house.
  5. Do you like walking ______ the garden?

Practice Exercise 2

Put in the correct prepositions in, on and at.

  1. I found my keys ______the desk.
  2. I met him______ Paris.
  3. He was crying ______the back of the classroom.
  4. I saw the film ______TV.
  5. These people live______my hometown.

You’ve just learned when to use the “preposition of place”, hope this has helped you and practice to use it correctly.

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