|AT A POINT||IN A 3D SPACE||ON A SPACE|
|At the door|
At the traffic light
|In the classroom|
In the backpack
|On the desk|
On the carpet
On the sofa
|TOP / BOTTOM / END OF||TERRITORY||FLOOR|
|At the top of the page|
At the bottom of the stairs
At the end of the street
In the Alps
In the world
|On the first floor|
On the 6th floor
|At a party|
At a concert
|In the car|
In the van
|On the right|
On the left
|SCHOOL / UNIVERSITY||WATER||PUBLIC TRANSPORT|
|In the river|
In the sea
In a lake
In the swimming pool
|On the bus|
On a plane
On the train
|HOME / WORK||PRINTED MATERIAL||MEDIA|
|In a newspaper|
In a picture
In a book
|On the radio|
On the Internet
|SHOPS / PUBLIC PLACES|
|At the chemist’s|
At the bakery
At the grocery
At a café
At the cinema
at a point
We use at to refer to a point near something.
- Can you see that car at the traffic light? (=The car is at a point near the traffic light)
- Who is that man at the door. (=The man is at a point near the door)
at the top of/at the bottom of/at the end of
We use at in the expressions at the top of, at the bottom of and at the end of.
- She is at the top of the stairs.
- Please, sign at the bottom of the page.
- The new café is at the end of the street.
We use at to refer to group activities like parties, concerts, and other events.
- I didn’t see you at Jackie’s party.
- We met at a concert.
at + school/university/college
We normally use at with school, university and college.
- He is at school every morning until 12.
- I’m studying at Oxford University.
be at home/work
We say be at home/at work (without the)
- She’s at home. (NOT at the home)
- I’ll be at work all morning. (NOT at the work)
at a shop or public place
We use at to refer to shops, restaurants, cafés, etc.
- I’m at the bakery.
- If you are at the chemist’s, can you buy some aspirins?
in a 3D space
We use in to refer to a position inside of a three dimensional space.
- The book is in the bag.
- She is waiting in the classroom.
in a space with limits
We also use in for areas that have limits or boundaries, like continents, countries, cities, regions, etc.
- We are in France.
- I love the houses in the Alps.
in a car
We use in for cars and vans.
- They are in the car.
in the water
We also use in when something is in the water: in the sea, in the river, in the swimming pool, etc.
- The kids have fun in the swimming pool.
in a picture, in a book
We also use in for things that are printed in books, pictures, documents, etc.
- Who’s that woman in the picture?
- Does it say anything about the concert in the newspaper
on a surface
We use on to refer to a position on a surface.
- The book is on the table.
on the first/second/etc. floor
We use on to refer to floors in a building.
- The office is on the third floor.
on the right/left
We use on in the expressions on the right and on the left.
- The office is on the third floor on the left.
on the bus/train/plane
We use on when we are using public transport: on the bus, on a train, on a plane, etc.
- She’s on the bus right now.
on TV/the radio/the Internet/a website
We use on when we read, see or learn something on the media.
- I saw it on TV last night.
|TIMES (of day)||MONTHS||DAYS of the WEEK|
At 6 o’clock
At dinner time
|In the summer|
In the winter
|On 9th June|
On 22nd August
At the weekend
|In 1987||On Halloween|
On Christmas day
|EXPRESSIONS||DECADES||PAST OF SPECIFIC DAYS|
At the moment
|In the 70s|
In the 80s
|On Monday evening|
On Friday night
On Sunday afternoon
|In the 21st century|
|In the Ice Age|
In the past
In the present
|PARTS OF THE DAY||LAST / NEXT|
|In the morning|
In the afternoon
In the evening
¡! at night
|Call me at the next weekend.|
Call me next weekend.
I went there the last month.
I went there last month.
Use at with times of day, including mealtimes, bedtime, etc.
at 3 o’clock, at 10.30am, at noon, at dinnertime, at bedtime, at sunrise, at sunset, at the moment
Use in with months, seasons, years, decades, centuries and long periods of time in general
in May, in the summer, in 1990, in the 1990s, in the 20th century, in the Ice Age, in the past/future
Use in with parts of the day (except night)
- in the morning
- in the afternoon
- in the evening
- ¡!at night
Use on followed by days of the week, specific days and dates
on Sunday, on Tuesday mornings, on 6 March, on 25 December 2010, on Christmas Day, on Independence Day, on my birthday, on New Year’s Eve
Also, use at in the following common expressions
- at the weekend: I don’t usually work at the weekend.
- at Christmas/Easter: I stay with my family at Christmas.
- at the same time: We finished the test at the same time.
- at present/at the moment: He’s not home at present. Try later.
When we say last, next, every, this we do not use at, in, on.
- I went to London last June. (NOT the last June )
- He’s coming back next Tuesday. (NOT the next Tuesday)