How to Use Prepositions of Time and Place: AT, IN & ON

'At', 'In' and 'On' are commonly confused because they are used in similar situations - mostly to demonstrate time and place.

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Learn How to Use Prepositions of Time and Place AT, IN and ON.

‘At’, ‘In’ and ‘On’ are commonly confused because they are used in similar situations – mostly to demonstrate time and place.

This lesson will help you to identify the different uses of these prepositions, and to use them correctly.

How to Use Prepositions of Time and Place

Prepositions of Time: AT – IN – ON

‘IN’ is used with…

Parts of the day:

  • in the morning
  • in the afternoon
  • in the evening


  • in      January
  • in      February
  • in      December


  • in      (the) spring
  • in      (the) summer
  • in      (the) fall/ autumn
  • in      (the) winter


  • in      1980
  • in      1968


  • in the 1960s
  • in the seventies


  • in the 15th century
  • in the 21st century


  • in a week
  • in 2 weeks


  • in the Easter holiday
  • in the Christmas holiday

Period of time:

  • in the past
  • in the next century
  • in the future
  • in the 10 years time
  • in the middle ages
  • in a few minutes
  • in a moment
  • in an hour
  • in 3 hours
  • in six months
  • in a year

‘ON’ is used with…


  • On Monday
  • On Thursday
  • On Sunday


  • on April 3rd
  • on 1st January 2013
  • on the 10th
  • on the first day
  • on the last day

Holidays with ‘day’:

  • on New Year’s day
  • on Christmas day
  • on Easter day

Specific days:

  • on my birthday
  • on holiday
  • on my wedding day
  • on that day

Day + Part of day:

  • on Sunday morning(s)
  • on Friday afternoon(s)
  • on Monday evening(s)

On + time:

  • on the weekend (U.S.)
  • on weekdays
  • on time
  • on a summer evening
  • on a cold day
  • on my lunch break

‘AT’ is used with …


  • at 7 am
  • at 12 o’clock
  • at 5 pm

Parts of the day:

  • at night
  • at noon/ midday
  • at midnight
  • at bedtime
  • at lunch time
  • at dinner time
  • at dinner
  • at lunch
  • at sunrise/sunset
  • at dawn

Holidays without “day”:

  • at Easter
  • at Christmas
  • at New Year

At + time:

  • at present
  • at the weekend (U.K)
  • at breakfast
  • at the moment
  • at this moment
  • at the same time
  • at that time

Prepositions of Time: AT - IN - ON

Prepositions of Time: AT - IN - ON

Prepositions of Time: AT - IN - ON

Prepositions of Time: AT - IN - ON

Prepositions of Time: AT - IN - ON

Prepositions of Place: AT – IN – ON

‘IN’ is used with …


  • in England


  • in London


  • in Manhattan
  • in Chinatown

Enclosed space:

  • in a traffic jam
  • in Time Square
  • in a building
  • in a car
  • in a taxi
  • in a boat
  • in a helicopter
  • in a lift (elevator)
  • in the living – room
  • in the article

‘ON’ is used with …

Means of transport:

  • on a bus
  • on a train
  • on a plane
  • on a ship
  • on a bicycle/ motorcycle
  • on a horse


  • on the radio
  • on the television
  • on the phone
  • on the Internet


  • on a table
  • on a wall
  • on the floor
  • on the roof
  • on the menu
  • on the page
  • on the door
  • on the shelf
  • on the second floor


  • on The Seventh Avenue


  • on Oxford street
  • on Columbus street

‘AT’ is used with …


  • 734 State Street
  • 292 Oxford Street

Specific Locations/ Points:

  • at The Empire State Building
  • at the corner
  • at the bus stop
  • at the door
  • at the top of page
  • at the end of the road
  • at the entrance
  • at the crossroads
  • at the front desk
  • at a conference
  • at a party
  • at a concert
  • at someone’s house
  • at the doctor’s/ hairdresser’s
  • at the bus stop
  • at the end of road
  • at the crossroads
  • at the front
  • at the back
  • at the top
  • at the bottom
  • at the door

Prepositions of Place: AT - IN - ON

Prepositions of Place: AT - IN - ON

Prepositions of Place: AT - IN - ON

Prepositions of Place: AT - IN - ON

Prepositional Phrases with In, On, At

at the end: a time period

  • at the end of the day

in the end: after all, ultimately

  • They will surely succeed in the end.

in time: before the given time

  • The school starts at 9:30. She ‘ll be in time for the start of class.

on time: at exactly given time

  • The meeting starts at 3 o’clock. They are here on time.

in common: If two or more things have something in common, they have the same characteristic of feature.

  • Jane and I have nothing in common.

in general: as a whole, without giving details

  • In general, the standard of your work is very high.

in love: inspired by affection

  • Peter had fallen in love with that girl.

in touch: in a state which people communicate with each other especially by calling or writing to each other.

  • We kept in touch after college.

in danger: in the situation in which something bad or harmful is possible

  • We’re all in danger of losing our jobs.

in doubt: in a state of being uncertain or unsure

The outcome was in doubt until the final seconds of the game.

in other words: used to introduce a statement that repeats what has been said in a different and usually a simpler or more exact way.

  • She said the movie was a bit predictable. In other words, she didn’t like it.

in fact: in truth

  • He looks younger, but in fact, he is 60 years old.

in debt: having debts

  • I am in debt to the bank for my car loan.

in vain: to no end, without success or result

  • Her efforts were in vain.

in any case: without regard to or in spite of other considerations: Whatever else is done or is the case

  • In any case the report will be made public next month.

in case: as a precaution

  • Took an umbrella, just in case.

in case of: in the event of

  • In case of trouble, yell.

in advance: before a particular time, or before doing a particular thing

  • If you’re going to come, please let me know in advance.

in conclusion: used to introduce the final comments at the end of a speech or a piece of writing

  • In conclusion, I would like to thank you for inviting me to speak tonight.

at least: as much as, or more than, a number or amount

  • It will cost at least $100.

at least: used to reduce the effect of an statement

  • I’ve met the president – at least, he shook my hand once.

at once: immediately

  • You have to call him at once.

at once: at the same time

  • Everything happened at once – she graduated, got a job, and got married, all in June!

by accident: without intending to, or without being intended

  • I found her letter by accident as I was looking through my files.

by force: using physical power

  • He took the purse from her by force.

by mistake: by accident

  • I’ve paid this bill twice by mistake.

by order of: according to directions given by the proper authority.

  • The road was closed all day by order of the police.

by request: by asking for something usually in a formal way.

  • Catalogs are available by request.

by sight: on the basic of one’s look

  • I know her by sight but not by name.

by nature: used when describing someone’s character, job, etc.

  • She is, by nature, a sunny, positive kind of person.

for lack of: not having (the thing specified)

  • For lack of anything better to do, we went to the park.

for sure: certain or certainly

  • One thing’s for sure – once the baby’s born, your lives will never be the same again.

for hire: available for use or service in return for payment

  • They have boats for hire.

for fear of: Because you are worried that a particular thing might happen.

  • I didn’t want to move for fear of waking her up.

for life: for the whole of a person’s life

  • I believe marriage is for life

for the good of: in order to help (someone or something)

  • She did it for the good of the community.

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