28/04/16 “Prepositions of Place: AT – ON – IN

[Part 3]”

e-lesson

Public transport
We use on (and off) to talk about travel using buses, planes and trains, as wells as motocrcycles and horses.
Example:
He’s arriving on the 3.15 train.
We’re booked on flight 604.
There’s no room on the bus; let’s get off again.
But we use in (and out of) to talk about private cars, planes and boats.
Jump in and I’ll drive you to the station.
He fell into the river when he was getting out of his canoe.

Addresses
We general use at to talk about addresses.
Example:
Are you still at the same address?
She lives at 33 Browne Street.

We use on (US) and in (UK) if we just give the name of the street.
Example:
She lives on/in Browne Street.
We use on for the number of the floor.
She lives in an apartment on the third floor.

At can be used with a possessive to mean “at somebody’s hour or store/shop.”
Example:
Where’s Jane?
I think she’s at Pat’s.
You’re always at the hairdresser’s.

Special expressions
Note these expressions:
in/at church          at home/work          at/in school/college          in a picture   
in the sky
in a tent          in a hat          in bed/hospital/prison          on a farm       working
on the railway