Using Prepositions At, On and In - Common Mistakes with Prepositions - Free English Grammar Videos

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In this lesson, we will learn how to use the prepositions ‘at’, ‘on’, and ‘in’.


Felix: Hello, everybody. Today we’re going to talk about prepositions. They typically come before a noun and establish the relationship of that noun to a verb, an adjective, or another noun.

Susan: Hi, Felix. Hello, everyone. Prepositions can be confusing even for native speakers.

Felix: Yes, that’s true, Susan. So, let’s take it easy. We’ll start with ‘at’. We use ‘at’ to refer to a specific place or a point in time.

Susan: Yes, like ‘at one o’clock’, or ‘at Christmas’.

Felix: Exactly. We use the preposition ‘in’ to explain something is inside a space, which doesn’t have to be closed.

Susan: Right, as ‘in the stadium’, and ‘in my house’. Don’t forget that we use ‘in’ to refer to cities, states, countries, years, months, and seasons.

Felix: Thanks, Susan. That’s right. And, finally, we use ‘on’ to describe that someone or something is in contact with a surface. Generally a flat surface.

Susan: Correct, like ‘on the table’, ‘on the wall’. And also when talking about days of the week and dates: ‘on Monday’, or ‘on May 9’.

Felix: Very good! I think we’re ready for some dialogues.

At School.

Kyle: Hey, Megan. What time is the test tomorrow?

Megan: Hi, Kyle. It begins at eight o’clock. Are you prepared?

Kyle: Yes! But I still want to review some topics tonight. We’re meeting at Susan’s house. Want to come?

Megan: Sure! Thanks. Can you pick me up? I’ll be at my mom’s house at three.

Kyle: Ok. I’ll be there.

In Class.

Kyle: Good morning, Professor.

Felix: Good morning, Kyle. You seem to be in a good mood.

Kyle: Yes. In the summer, I always feel good. In the mornings, especially.

Felix: Really? Why?

Kyle: Here in Miami we have perfect beach weather. And I love to surf.

Felix: I see. In 2003, I participated in a surfing championship in Australia.

Kyle: Wow! Did you win?

Felix: No. But I had a great time there. I arrived in August and left in October. It was fantastic.

On Friday.

Susan: Hi, Megan. Do you have plans for tonight?

Megan: Yes. I’ll do what I always do on Fridays. I’m going dancing. On April 6 there will be a competition. The winner gets a trip to France.

Susan: Well, good luck! By the way, Eric called and left a phone number. I put a note on the wall, next to the phone.

Megan: Ok, thanks, mom. Do you know where my yellow socks are? I saw them on the floor in the living room yesterday, but they’re not there now.

Susan: I put them on your bed.

Megan: Thanks, mom. I’m going to the mall on Sunday and I’ll buy you a beautiful gift.

Susan: I would prefer if you didn’t leave your things on the floor, dear.

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