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At, On and In


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These prepositions are very common in describing a place or describing a time

Place



At.....referring to a specific place

...at the doctors office
...at number 10 Main Street
...at the corner of 5th and 17th

On....referring to a general area

....on the playing fields
....on Main Street
....on top of the building
....on the side of the road

In....referring to a much more general place

...in Madrid
...in the classroom
...in the countryside
...in the urban area


Time



At...referring to a specific time

...at 10 o’clock
....at sunset
....at midnight

On...referring to a particular day

...on Monday
...on July 23rd
...on the first day of the month

In....referring to a general period of time

...in the Middle Ages
...in 1998
...in ten minutes



Sample Usage

Consider this example:

I live at number 10 on Simon Avenue in London.

Consider these exceptions:

We were on the beach.
I will meet you on the corner of 5th in ten minutes.
He was in the apartment on Main Street.



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