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Tricky Prepositions – in, on, at

Dipl.-Hdl. Christian Schmidt, OStD a. D.; Eckental

English grammar can be tricky, and one area that many students find particularly difficult is prepositions as there are over a hundred! A preposition links nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence. It is really hard to get your head around and I wish I could make them go away, but I can’t. So, my next best offer is to try and help you get comfortable with using them. Let’s do a quick review of when to use just three of the most common ones: in, on, and at.

Preposition: in

Use 1: When talking about time, we use ‘in’ when referring to an unspecific time of the day, a month, a season or a year.

Here are some examples:

  • „I always brush my teeth in the morning.“

  • „My birthday is in June.“

  • „It’s always cold in winter.“

  • „My brother was born in 1988.“

Use 2: When talking about places, ‘in’ is used to indicate a location or place. Here are a few examples:

  • „I used to live in Seattle.“

  • „The city of Wroclaw is in Poland.“

  • „I am in my room.“

Preposition: on

Use: The word ‘on’, when talking about time, is for specific dates and days.

Some examples are:

  • „He was born on September 24th.“

  • „I go to the gym on Mondays and Wednesdays.“

  • We will celebrate on Thanksgiving Day.

Preposition: at

Use 1: When talki...

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