Prepositions In, On, At.

Prepositions in, on, at
Prepositions in, on, at
Prepositions in, on, at

Some of the most common and essential prepositions are In, On, At.


For example:



In 2006

In the 1990s

In Latvia

In the morning

In the afternoon

In the evening

In the future

In summer

In winter

In autumn

In fall

In spring

In the Easter holiday

In Paris

In Edinburgh

In conclusion

In common with

In a mess






On that day

On the 7th of July


On trial

On a birthday

On a holiday

On this Thursday’s eve

On a weekday

On a bike

On a plane

On a ship

On the corner

On bail

On a pension

On a certain scale

On an expedition




At 7:00 sharp

At a loss

At university

At length

At bedtime

At a price

At a rate

At dinner time

At gaming

At singing

At One’s side

At home

At a conference

At reception


English prepositions are highly important due to their function of connecting the parts of every single sentence. The meaning of any sentence and the target of every verb can’t be delivered without this connection carried out by the preposition.


The difference in their use is quite simple and easy to learn. It is a range in which we use the preposition “in” when we have a wide span of time, while “on” is used precisely when there is a specific day that is being mentioned. However, when we desire to achieve even more precision, we resort to “at” that pinpoints a specific time or place with surgical precision.

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There is also as we see the metaphorical use of all the previous three prepositions. By metaphorical use, we mean that those prepositions do not necessarily pertain to physical space rather they can be used to express general non-materialistic states.


For example, in an uproar at his recent activities, this phrase represents a psychological state by a group of people who are infuriated by certain acts committed by a person. The same applies to the other two prepositions.


You can see that in the following examples:


They worked in silence. It does mean that they are working amidst a state of silence. Silence is being materialized here as something to be in, but it is still something that you cannot grasp, see, hear, or taste. It is only an obscure feeling of the voidness of sound. It is the absence of sounds, but it does not mean we can catch it. See also


Karl built his hypothesis on false facts. The facts are to be understood, they are being materialized by blocks in this sentence, but that shows you too how the preposition on can work even in sentences with no physical layout.



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