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Basic Prepositions: Time and Place - at, in, on and to

Read the story below: I was born in Seattle, Washington on the 19th of April in 1961. Seattle is in the State of Washington in the United States. That was many years ago... Now, I live in Leghorn in Italy. I work at the British School. I sometimes go to a movie on the weekend. I meet my friends at the movie theater at 8 o'clock or later. In the summer, usually in August, I go home to visit my family in America. My family and I go to the beach and relax in the sun in the morning and in the afternoon! In the evening, we often eat at a restaurant with our friends. Sometimes, we go to a bar at night. Look at the chart below: IN We use in with months - in May seasons - in winter country - in Greece city or town names - in New York times of the day - in the morning, afternoon or evening BUT at night! ON We use "on" with specific days - on Friday, on New Year's Day, on April the 19th American English - "on the weekend OR on weekends" AT We use "at" with specific times - at 7 o'clock, at 6.15 at night specific places in a city - at school British English - "at the weekend OR at weekends" TO We use "to" with verbs which show movement such as go and come - He goes to school. She returned to the store. They are coming to the party tonight.

Fill in the gaps in this paragraph with the prepositions - in, on, at or to. Click on the arrow to see the answer. Janet was born 22nd States. Now, she goes She usually arrives 3 o'clock the state of New York classes the morning her friend's house Rochester December the morning. Rochester is the United the university> 8 o'clock. Canada. weekends, she likes driving

Her friend lives 9 Sunday morning. often meet friends

Toronto. She usually arrives the evening and leaves Saturday, they a restaurant. a July for the countryside. summer,

night, they sometimes go disco. example, they often go

Preposition Use - for / while / during Write some sentences about your life! FOR Use 'for' with a period of time to express the duration or 'how long' something has happened:

for three weeks for many years WHILE

Use 'while' plus a verb form: while I was watching TV while I lived in New York DURING Use 'during' with a noun to express 'when' something happens: during class during my vacation during the discussion Test Your Understanding Now that you have studied the use of for / while / during, try the follow-up quiz to test your understanding: Test your knowledge of the prepositions for / while / during. for - used with periods of time while - used with a full clause for something happening at the same time as another during - used with a noun or noun phrase Choose either for, while, or during and fill the gaps correctly: A) He's been working _____ three weeks. B) I fell asleep _____ the film. C) Did you see Tom _____ your vacation? D) We talked _____ an hour. E) She watched TV _____ I cooked. F) We talked _____ an hour. G) _____ our stay in London, we visited a lot of museums. H) What did you do _____ you were in London? I) I think I need to study French _____ a few months before I go there.

(http://esl.about.com/library/quiz/blgrquiz_prep3.htm?lastQuesti on=6&answers=0&submit=Next+Question+%3E%3E&ccount=2) Prepositions of Time and Date - in / at / on Test you knowledge of the prepositions in / at / on showing time and date. in - used with months and years at - used with specific times during the day on - used with days of the week Choose either in, on, or at and fill the gaps correctly: A)Let's meet _____ six o'clock. B) He was born _____ July. C) I went there _____ 1978. D) She'll be at work _____ Friday. E) They drove to Rochester ______ September 15th. F) We arrived in this country _____ October. G) We get up early ______ the morning. H) Do you dream _____ night? I) What do you like doing _____ Fridays?