Important prepositions to indicate time and place in the english language.

Preposition of time and place

Basically, there are eight types of prepositions frequently used in the english language. Among them, preposition of time and place, especially, at, on, and in are labeled as the master prepositions. Considering the intensity of use in the daily expressions, in this blog, I am going to simplify the correct use of at, on, and in preposition of time and place.

Definition of preposition

Grammatically, it is an important parts of speech that is used before noun or pronoun to show the relationship with rest of the sentence. So, it is either used as a preposition or prepositional phrase accordingly. Here are some useful examples:

“In the morning.”

“In the ground.”

“In my office.”

“At noon.”

“At midnight.”

“At the house.”

“On monday.”

“On the eve of new year.”

“On the table.”

Types of preposition

•Time — to show the relationship with time– at, on, in, for, etc.

•Place — used to express relationship with place — at, on, in, below, above etc.

•Directions — from, along, across, towards, away etc.

•Reason or purpose — for, because, etc.

•Connection — to, with, of etc.

•Instrument — with, by, etc.

•Agency — by, with, etc.

•Origin — of ,from, etc.

In this blog, you will learn about the master prepositions like at, on, and in as the preposition of time and place in the simple way.

Correct use of– At

It is both preposition of time and place. First of all, let’s see the preposition of time.

At — preposition of time is used to show the point of time or specific time of the day.  Here are some useful examples :

•At noon,

•At night,

•At midnight,

At 8 o’clock,

•At the time of origin,

•At the time of birth,

•At breakfast, etc.

As a preposition of place, it is used to show specific place or fixed location.

•At the tower,

•At a house,

•At a hotel ,

•At a restaurant, etc.

Use of preposition– On

Like ‘at’ it is also preposition of time and place. But, unlike ‘at’, it is used to express the days and dates. Most importantly, it is used for bigger time span than of ‘at’. Let’s see some examples:

•On Monday,

•On 26th January,

•On the eve of Christmas,

•On my birthday,

•On the independent day, etc.

Now, let’s see the preposition of ‘On’ as a preposition of place. It is used for surface or on the top of something. Besides, it shows larger domain than ‘at’.

•On the chair,

•On the table,

•On the ground,

•On the mountain,

•On the top of the hill, etc.

Use of preposition — In

‘In’ preposition of time is generally used to express the years, months, and the duration of time of the day. Look at the following examples:

•In the five minutes,

•In the morning,

•In the afternoon,

•In the evening,

•In 2003,

•In the last year,

•In the winter,

•In the rainy season,

•In the medieval times, etc.

‘In’ preposition of place is basically used to indicate larger area or enclosed area like house, garden, etc.

•In the US,

•In Asia,

•In the Australia,

•In the newspaper,

•In the house,

•In the office,

•In the garage,

•In the garden,

•In the swimming pool, etc.

In short, preposition ‘at’ is used for show specific time or fixed landmark location. Whereas, ‘on’ preposition is used for bigger time or place. Finally, the domain of preposition ‘In’ is even larger than ‘at and on’.

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