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What are the rules for using AT and IN(Preposition of place) and AT, On, IN (preposition of time)?
You can also take a look at this:
Visual Guide to Prepositions of Place
Last edited by Red5; 31-Oct-2005 at 09:38.
Here's a reply to the same question from Casiopea:Originally Posted by crpgo
In general, 'on' is short for on top of a surface, 'in' is short for inside of a structure, and 'at' means a point in space or time.
1. We want to start the meeting on time, so please don t be late.
==> Time = numbers; numbers are on the surface of a clock's face. 'on time' is an idiom meaning punctual, not late.
2. Where is the car waiting? Atthe traffic lights.
==> Location = a point in space; the car is not sitting on top of the traffic lights.
3. The leaves on that tree are a beautiful color.
==> The leaves are located on the branches of the tree.
4. He spends most of the day sitting atthe window and looking outside.
==> Location = a point in space; he is not sitting on top of the window.
5. I like that picture hanging on the wall inthe kitchen.
==> The kitchen is a 3 dimentional space. It is a room, a structure. It has an inside, so use 'in(side)' the kitchen.
Last edited by Red5; 31-Oct-2005 at 09:39.
I think this one qualifies as one of our FAQ. What do you think, Tdol? Red?
(If I read that explanation enough times perhaps I will memorize it.)
need clear explanation of usage of as and like