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Preposition of Place

What prepositions of place?
How to use prepositions of place?

Prepositions of Place


1) A preposition is usually a short word used to link nouns, pronouns, or phrases to other words within a sentence.

If I’m not mistaken, her birthday is in May.

2) There are many types of prepositions. Among them there are prepositions of place. They are used to show the position or location of one thing with another. We usually use prepositions of place when we answer the question beginning with ‘Where?’.

Where do you live? – I live in New York.

There are three main prepositions of place:

a) at denotes specific point or location of something.

There’s someone standing at the door. (specific location)
There weren’t many people at the theatre. It’s Monday after all. (specific location)
Alex lives at number 25 Emerald Street. (address)
Ashley works at Apple. (company or workplace)

b) in implies that something is located in an enclosed space or within a larger area.

I think I left my phone in the living-room. (the living-room is part of your house)
Jake lives in the U.S. He lives in Texas. (country, state etc.)

c) on implies that something is located on the surface.

Could you grab my phone? It’s on the coffee table in the living-room. (the surface of furniture)
Jake’s sister is on the west coast. She absolutely loves the Pacific! (position along a road, river or by the sea, lake etc.)
Alex lives on the 3rd floor. (the floor in the building)
Sorry, I’ll call you back. I’m on the train now. (public transport)
My grandparents work on a farm. (open fields = the surface of the earth)

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