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    Are we going in the afternoon or evning? <--correct? What does it mean with "in"?
    Are we going on the afternoon or evning? <--incorrect? why? What does it mean with "on"?

    Where can I get some more practice on this? Can you give me some examples on this? thanks

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    http://esl.about.com/library/quiz/blgrquiz_prep3.htm

    in the morning
    on Monday morning

    in the afternoon
    on the evening of 11th

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    "I am doing pretty good in sniping." <--correct?
    "I am doing pretty good on sniping." <--incorrect? why?

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    You're doing pretty well at sniping.
    You're good at sniping.

    'in' may also work instead of 'at', too.

    You playing counterstrike or something? :)

    FRC

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    Actually I was playing Tribes Vengenace.

    "It looks like the bed wasn't slept in." <--correct?
    "It looks like the bed wasn't slept on." <--incorrect?
    "It looks like the bed wasn't slept at." <--correct?

    How do I know if it is 'in' or 'on'? How can I check this myself?

    Like sniping for example:
    "I am doing pretty good in sniping." <--correct
    "I am doing pretty good on sniping." <--incorrect
    How do I know "on" is incorrect and why is it incorrect?

    We need the turrets in a better position. <--correct?
    We need the turrets on a better position. <--incorrect?
    Why is "on" incorrect?

    "What did you get on the first time you toke it?" <--correct?
    "What did you get in the first time you toke it?" <--incorrect?
    "What did you get at the first time you toke it?" <--incorrect?

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    I have a winamp icon on the taskbar. <--correct? if not, why?
    I have a winamp icon at the taskbar. <--correct? if not, why?
    I have a winamp icon in the taskbar. <--correct? if not, why?

    How do I do this in WIndows XP? <--correct? if not, why?
    How do I do this on WIndows XP? <--correct? if not, why?
    How do I do this at WIndows XP? <--correct? if not, why?

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    Generally speaking, we should consider that "on" is usually used for things we would consider to be a surface.

    Here's a lesson for "in on at" when used for time.

    http://iteslj.org/Lessons/Vered-TimePrepositions/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Actually I was playing Tribes Vengenace.

    "It looks like the bed wasn't slept in." <--correct?
    "It looks like the bed wasn't slept on." <--incorrect?
    "It looks like the bed wasn't slept at." <--correct?

    How do I know if it is 'in' or 'on'? How can I check this myself?

    Like sniping for example:
    "I am doing pretty good in sniping." <--correct
    "I am doing pretty good on sniping." <--incorrect
    How do I know "on" is incorrect and why is it incorrect?

    We need the turrets in a better position. <--correct?
    We need the turrets on a better position. <--incorrect?
    Why is "on" incorrect?

    "What did you get on the first time you toke it?" <--correct?
    "What did you get in the first time you toke it?" <--incorrect?
    "What did you get at the first time you toke it?" <--incorrect?

    We need the turrets in a better position.
    What did you get on your test the first time you took it. or
    What did you get the first time you took it. ( we assume you're talking about a test or exam...?)
    I am not good at sniping.

    to be good at sth

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    Thanks.

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