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The prepositions IN, ON, and AT are used to indicate time and place.

Notice how they are used differently in the following situations:

Time
In
Year Month Season Part of the day In 1994 In September In summer In the afternoon In the morning IN the evening

On
Day Date On Monday On July 5, 2008

At
Time At 6:30 pm

Place
In
Country State/Province City I live in Canada. She lives in Texas. We live in Toronto.

On
Street The school is on King Street.

At
Address My office is at 15 King Street

In many languages, there is only one preposition for the above situations. In English there are three. Just remember that in usually indicates the "largest" time or place, and at usually indicates the "smallest" time or place. Examples: I live in Canada, on Main street, at 1481. The wedding is in June, on Saturday, at 5pm.
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.

At, In and On: Prepositions of Place We use at to talk about a place we think of as a point rather than an area, and about an event where there is a group of people: I arrived at Putna Station at 7:30. We last met at the conference in Italy. We were waiting at the far end of the room. There were very few people at Danas party.

We use on to talk about a position touching a flat surface, or on something we think of as a line such as a road or river: Is that a spider on the ceiling? (Notice we also say on the wall/floor) She owns a house on the Swan River. We use in to talk about a position within a larger area, or something within a larger space: Theres been another big forest fire in Germany She looked again in her bag and, to her relief, there were her keys.

We usually use at before an address and in or on before the name of a road: Theyve opened an office at 28 Lees Road The church is in/on Park Road However, we sometimes use on instead of in when we talk about long streets or roads: The town is on the Pacific Highway. We can use at instead of in when we use a street name to refer to an institution in that street: There was an important meeting of ministers at Downing Street today. But notice that we say on Wall Street to mean the financial institution.

At, in and on: Preposition of time:

We use at with points of time or periods of time that we think of as points. We use at: With exact points of time: At midday at midnight at 3 oclock With short holiday periods, such as Christmas, Easter, the weekend, etc.: Ill see you at Easter

We use in: When we talk about longer periods of time such as seasons (e.g the spring), months, years, decades, centuries, and other periods such as the week before Easter, the hours before the exam, etc.: In the winter you can only use the road with a four-wheel drive vehicle. In the days that followed her operation, she spent a lot of time in bed. When we talk about how long it will be before something happens: In a few minutes we will be arriving at Dehli Airport. When we say how long something takes: He learnt how to program the computer in just a few weeks. With parts of the day, such as the morning, the evening, etc. Temperatures today should reach 25 C in the afternoon.

We use on when we talk about a particular day, date or part of a particular day: Were meeting again on Friday. I get paid on the last day of the month. Ive got married on Monday morning. Its her birthday on 21st. We went to a party on Easter Sunday

We rarely use at, in or on before the words all, any, every, last, next, one, some,

this, or that when these are followed by a time expression. Compare:


Ill do it in the morning. and He hasnt been here all morning. Ill see you again on Friday. And Im going to Oslo next Friday.

We dont use at in or on before (the day after) tomorrow and (the day before yesterday): The weather was beautiful yesterday.

We prefer What time? Rather than At what time.? Except in very formal English.

We use

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