Often people are confused with similar prepositions particularly the prepositions IN, ON and AT when talking about place or location. For this in this occasion we would like to share about Differences IN ON AT for Adverb of Place. In this discussion we will divide into two parts. The first is IN, ON or AT to show general place, and the second is indicating a position for spaces with limitations. (also read : DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MANY AND MUCH)
Here is the material of Differences IN ON AT for Adverb of Place:
Differences IN ON AT to show general place
IN is used with names of cities, towns, provinces, states, and countries.
I live in Indonesia
There are so many celebrities in California
Where were you born? I was born in Surabaya.
Living in Malang is very nice.
IN is also generally used for a larger area where there are numerous specific locations possible.
She lives in Singogalih village.
They live in Boulevard district.
ON is used with street names.
I’m on Sudirman street, meet me here Freddie.
We live on Jln. Flamboyan, Sidoarjo.
Turn right, the Bukopin Bank is on Delima Street.
AT is used is generally used for a specific location or place.
I live at № 29 Bringin Road in Balongbendo district.
Panama Life Bank is Jln. Budimulya Street no.05, Malang.
Now I am at home.
He is at school.
Differences IN ON AT indicating a position for spaces with limitations
IN is used to convey that something is contained or inside and attending.
The bee is in the beehive.
The mail in the mailbox.
The file is in the disk.
I am in the meeting now.
ON is used to denote a position for surfaces or a position just above (on top of) or on front surface of an area.
The book is placed on the table.
Jane had a henna on his arm.
The cat is on the chair.
I watch the news on TV.
At = “near”, “visiting”, or it is used for events / entertainment (indoors or outdoors), or for locations where the purpose is more important than the building
The cows were at the trough, eating.
We had lunch at my friend’s house.
Rudy is at the movie right now.
They saw Paula at the post office.
When we are describing our location, such as the cinema, all three are correct, but have different meanings.
If we say, “we’re in the cinema.”, it is usually interpreted by others as “we are inside the cinema.”
If we say, “we’re at the cinema”, it is usually interpreted by others as “we are outside the cinema” or “we are nearby the cinema.”
If we say, “we’re on the cinema.”, it is usually interpreted by others as “we are standing or sitting on top of the cinema.”
That’s all about Differences IN ON AT for Adverb of Place we can share. We hope that the material about Differences IN ON AT for Adverb of Place above can improve our English, especially our understanding about grammar. (also read : Definition and Kinds of Preposition)