Prepositions: in, on, at

Prepositions of place: in, on, at
in on at
inside an area or space:
in the city, in the sky, in bed
in contact with a surface:
on the wall, on the table, on the floor
close to:
at the table, at the bus stop
forms of transport:
in a car, in a taxi, in a helicopter
forms of transport:
on a bike, on a bus, on a train, on the metro, on a plane, on a ship
before nouns referring to a place or position:
at the top, at the bottom, at the front, at the back, at the beginning, at the end, BUT in the middle
arrive in a city, country:
arrive in London, arrive in France
arrive at a small place:
arrive at the station, at the meeting, at the office
to express 'towards':
look at something, point at something, smile at someone
So, be careful! We say:

  • He went to the station. BUT He arrived at the station
  • I’m in the car. BUT I’m on the bus.

Some nouns commonly used with at

  • at work
  • at home
  • at school (also in school)
  • at college
  • at university
  • at the door
  • at the airport
  • at the bus/train station
  • at the end of the road
  • at the front
  • at the back
  • at the top
  • at the bottom
  • at the beginning
  • at the end (BUT in the middle)

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