Prepositions of Place

Basics:

If something is contained inside a box or a wide flat area, we use ‘in’:

in the newspaperin a house
in a cupin a drawer
in a bottlein a bag
in bedin a car
in Londonin England
in a bookin a pub
in a fieldin the sea
in my stomachin a river

If something is on a line or a horizontal or vertical surface, we use ‘on’:

on the tableon the wall
on the flooron the window
on my faceon a plate
on the pageon the sofa
on a chairon a bag
on the riveron a t-shirt
on the ceilingon a bottle
on a bikeon his foot

If something is at a point, (it could be a building) we use ‘at’:

at the airportat the door
at the tableat the bus stop
at the cinemaat the top
at the bottomat the pub
at the traffic lightsat the front
at the backat school
at universityat the window
at the hospitalat the piano

Here are some more common ones that don’t really fit:

  • on TV
  • on the bus
  • on a train
  • on a plane
  • on the radio
  • at home
  • at work

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