In response to a request made by one of our favorite client/followers, here’s an e-lesson explaining the use of prepositions of place: AT – ON – IN.
ON On is used to talk about position on a line (for example a road or a river). Example: His house is on the way from Aberdeen to Dundee. Stratford is on the river Avon.
But in is used to talk about the position of things which actually form part of the line. Example: There’s a misprint in line 6 on page 22. Who’s that guy in the sixth row?
On is used for position on a surface. Example: Hurry up! Dinner’s on the table. That picture would look better on the other wall. There’s a huge spider on the ceiling.
On is also used for position by a lake or sea. Example: Bowness is on Lake Windermere.
Also, if you’re talking about a ring, you wear it on your finger. Example: Why do you wear that ring on your first finger?
IN In is used for position inside large areas, and in three-dimensional space (when something is surrounded on all sides). Example: She grew up in Geneva. I don’t think he’s in his office. He lived in the desert for three years. Let’s go for a walk in the woods. I last saw her in the car park.
In our next e-Lesson, we’ll analyze the use of these prepositions with respect to public transport, addresses, and special expressions.