Prepositions of Place -‘ in’, ‘on’, at’ [with Exercises PDF]

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Preposition of Place: Mastering the proper use of prepositions enhances language proficiency and contributes to effective communication. With a solid grasp of the types of prepositions, you’ll be better equipped to navigate the intricate landscape of the English language. After all, prepositions of the place play a significant role in conveying the location of people, objects, and events. Some of the prepositions of place are in, on, at, behind, in front of, from, towards, across, etc.

In this blog post, we will delve into the world of prepositions of place, exploring their meanings, usage, and examples to help you master the art of expressing location in English. 

Also Read: Prepositions: Definition, Types, Examples and Exercise

What are Prepositions of Place?

As per the standard definition, prepositions of place are words used to describe the location or position of something about another object or place. These prepositions help provide context about where something is located, whether it’s above, below, beside, inside, outside, etc.

Prepositions of Place examples

Let’s explore the examples of prepositions of place with examples henceforth for a better understanding.

Prepositions of Place Usage with Examples

The following tables contain rules for some of the most frequently used prepositions in English: 

PrepositionsUsage Examples
In
Something that is inside another thing particularly
(enclosed within limits)
Japan in the book in the car/in a taxi
They look serious in this photo.
AtTo refer to located at a specific place (a point)  for events  place where you are to do something typical
(watch a movie, study, work)  
at the library  at a concert/a party/at the cinema school/work
OnOn a surface (not enclosed)  for a certain side (left, right)  for a floor in a building  for public transport for television, radio She left the keys on the table. You go down this hall to the end. This is the third door on your left.  
Her apartment is on the fourth floor.  
She left her phone on the bus.  
She can hear her brother on the radio.
ToMoving toward a specific place (the goal or end point of movement) Every evening, she takes the bus to campus.
FromRefer to the origin or starting point She used carrots from my garden
towards Movement in the direction of something  She suddenly saw a dog running towards me.
across  Refers to movement from one side to another Here is a coffee shop across the street.
through   Refers to movement from one side to another but ”in something”They entered the room through an open window
between   Refers to a place ”in the middle” of two or more separate people or things She was standing between my friend and his parents. 
among   A place ”surrounded” by more than two people or things together as a groupSwiss is among the countries of Western Europe.

Explore this blog: Rules for Prepositions in English Grammar with Examples

Preposition of Place Exercise for Practice

Fill in the blanks with the appropriate prepositions like “at,” “in,” “on,” “across” etc.,

  1. The cat is sitting _______ the windowsill, watching the birds outside.
  2. We had a picnic _______ the shade of a big oak tree.
  3. The coffee mug is _______ the table, next to the newspaper.
  4. The school is located _______ the corner of Maple Street and Elm Avenue.
  5. I found my keys _______ the couch cushions.
  6. The painting is hanging _______ the wall, opposite the entrance.
  7. The restaurant is _______ the river, providing a scenic view.
  8. The playground is _______ the park, behind the community centre.
  9. The cat crawled _______ the bed and took a nap.
  10. The train station is _______ the library, across from the post office.
  11. The car is parked _______ the driveway, blocking the garage.
  12. The beach house is _______ the beach, offering a stunning ocean view.
  13. The hiking trail leads _______ the forest, ending at a beautiful lake.
  14. The meeting room is _______ the second floor, near the elevators.
  15. The bakery is _______ the street, next to the flower shop.

Answers Exercise on Use of Preposition of Time

Match your answers with the following sentences 👍

  1. The cat is sitting on the windowsill, watching the birds outside.
  2. We had a picnic in the shade of a big oak tree.
  3. The coffee mug is on the table, next to the newspaper.
  4. The school is located at the corner of Maple Street and Elm Avenue.
  5. I found my keys between the couch cushions.
  6. The painting is hanging on the wall, opposite the entrance.
  7. The restaurant is by the river, providing a scenic view.
  8. The playground is in the park, behind the community centre.
  9. The cat crawled under the bed and took a nap.
  10. The train station is across from the library, across from the post office.
  11. The car is parked in the driveway, blocking the garage.
  12. The beach house is on the beach, offering a stunning ocean view.
  13. The hiking trail leads through the forest, ending at a beautiful lake.
  14. The meeting room is on the second floor, near the elevators.
  15. The bakery is across from the street, next to the flower shop.

Prepositions of Place Worksheet PDF

FAQs

What are the uses of prepositions?

Prepositions are used to refer to the time, position, place, or location of an object and also define spatial relationships.

What are the common 3 examples of the preposition “on ”?

“She sat on the beach.”
“The cat jumped on the table.”
“She fell on the mattress.”

Write 3 examples of prepositions of place.

She is sitting in the pool.
She is sitting at the table.
She is between her mother and sister.

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This was all about the prepositions of place in English grammar. Hope you understand the concept and know how to proceed. You can also follow Leverage Edu for more exciting and informative blogs.

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