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    #1

    At or In or On?

    My first sentence is about, if I am reporting an issue and writing down a step,
    Sentence 1:

    On the admin side, just navigate to the home page.

    or

    At the admin side, just navigate to the home page.

    Sentence 2:

    I am going on my room.

    or

    I am going at my room.

    or

    I am going to my room.

    or

    I am going in my room.

    Sentence 3:
    I am on the ABC road.

    or

    I am at the ABC road.

    Please can you describe the preposition rules to me? I am very confused while making a sentence with "at" or "on" or "in".

    Thanks!

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    Smile Re: At or In or On?

    hello Harry,

    First, there is no set rules or you can say in some cases, there are some set rules for prepositions. You need to get some of them by heart.

    e.g, on TV, on Sunday (any weekday), in January (any month) and so. these are set rules of preposition which you need to use at all cases. There are not exceptions to this.

    In some cases, you need to use your discretion while judging your sentences. Now, try to get the meaning,

    • on the table
    • under the table
    • at the table,
    • over the table


    Do they have different in sense and meaning? Yes they do and I am sure you have already known it.

    Likewise, it will be always on the admin page.... (and not at the admin page..). On screen or TV or something like this, we use 'on'. You're navigating to a page and you are seeing it on your computer and hence, it will be on the page and so.. It implies, on this page, you will see it but at this page you can get it. Makes sense?

    Likewise, you cannot say going on the room. It will mean something going over the room (closely). It was an action of a direction and hence, it will always be .. to the room But you need to say.. i am going on this page. In this case, this sentence means reading the page and no movement is involved here.

    We use 'on' to be at a road. It's simple and get it by heart.

    Hope this makes sense. Do ask me if you get more or if you need more clarification or if you have some more discussion on this.

    Kalyan

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    #3

    Smile Re: At or In or On?

    Thanks! It's really helpful.

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    #4

    Re: At or In or On?

    I do not entirely agree with Kalyan Brata Das
    Quote Originally Posted by harry1999 View Post
    On the admin side, just navigate to the home page.
    At the admin side, just navigate to the home page.
    Do you mean 'side' or 'site?.
    2:
    a. I am going on my room. X
    b.I am going at my room. X
    c.I am going to my room.
    d.I am going in my room.
    In #d, the speaker is making more of a point of going into the room than in #c

    3:
    a. I am on the ABC rRoad.
    b. I am at the ABC rRoad.
    [/QUOTE]I feel that #a is more likely than #b, but both are possible, as is 'in ABC Road'.

    With a few exceptions, we do not normally use 'the' with the name of a road.

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    #5

    Re: At or In or On?

    On the admin side, just navigate to the home page.
    If you are referring to the part of a site where you can administer and control things, I would say in the admin area.

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