How to Use The Prepositions In, On or At, To talk about Time or Place

(Last Updated On: November 29, 2017)

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What are the things that you need to know about English Prepositions In, On or At?

  • What is a preposition?
  • in/ on/ at time.
    • Examples .
    • exercises in on at.
  • in/ on/ at place.
    • Examples .
    • exercises in on, at.
  • Preposition list.

What is Prepositions In English:

It is used to show relations between different word such as noun/ pronoun in a sentence to some other parts of the sentences. It can be a single word or set of a word. Prepositions are usually used in front of nouns or pronouns and sometimes in front of gerund verbs.

In this post, I will try to share how we could use the most common prepositions In, On and At. Other prepositions are easy for easy to understand and hence I’m not explaining it.

Preposition In  (Talking about time):


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If you want to talk about a larger period of time you could use the preposition in. What is mean by longer period of time,

  • It can be a week or a couple of weeks.
  • It can be a month or couple of months.
  • Or it can be a Year or couple of years.
  • It can be decades or centuries.

To explain any longer period of time you could use preposition In:

If you want to talk about “after some time” you could use this preposition. For Examples.

  • In five minutes.
  • In an hour.
  • Or in six weeks.

What else, you could use in the morning/ Evening / Afternoon :


  • In the last week.
  • During the 80’s.
  • In the 18th century.
  • In the 19th century.
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20 Examples Of Preposition IN

Preposition On (Talking about time):

we use on, in order to give more specific periods of time compared to a longer period of time.

  • It can be a date.
  • It can be a day.


  • On 25th June.
  • On the weekend.
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15 Examples Of Preposition On

Preposition At (Talking about time):

For the most specific times. What is mean by that sentences? It mean that if you are specifying a precise time, you have to use preposition at instead of on and in. But there may be some exceptions. The main exception is talking about a holiday without the word “day”.

  • Explain about a precise time.
  • Talking about a holiday  (Without the word “day”).


  • At six o’clock.
  • One step at a time.
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11 Examples Of Preposition at

In On and At (Talking about a place):

Now you may know how to use In, On, At to talk about time. Now let’s talk about the place. Starting from general (in) we will go to specific (at). Let’s see each one of them.

Use of Preposition In (Talking about a place):

We use in for the largest area or largest places. What is mean by larger area? Simple A country or city could be considered as a larger area. In general, we could say in order to represent a three-dimensional area we use in.


  • In Mumbai.
  • In Germany.
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10 Examples Of Preposition In

Use of Preposition On (Talking about a place):

Just like time, we use preposition on, to describe some more specific location, for example, a small town. Also to say that an object is on the surface of something.


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Examples of preposition on, To talk about place

Use of Preposition At (Talking about a place):

If you are going to give the exact address, then you have to use our preposition at. we also use a preposition at to talk about intersections.


  • at the door.
  • at the corner.

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  1. At 10:00 (hour)
    On Tuesday (day)
    In January and in 1965 (month and year)

    At the table (at the side of the table)
    On the table (on top of the table)
    In the table (inside the table)