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Rules For Prepositions in, on, at, to
Date 15/11/2008 16:07  Author detail  Hits 2289  Language Global
Rules For Prepositions in, on, at, to

Basic Rules for Time
A. at a time
B. on a day         
C. in a month (season, year, decade, century)

Basic Rules for Place
D. at an address
E. on a street
F. in an area (neighborhood, town, borough, state, country, continent, ocean, world, universe)

Special Rules

 1. look at and listen to

 2. to with verbs of desire, necessity, expectation

            love to, like to, hate to, want to, need to, have to, hope to, expect to

 3. at night

      in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening

 4. on transportation

     on the bus, on the train, on the subway, on a plane, on a jet, on a ship, on a bicycle, on a motorcycle, on a surfboard, on a skateboard


     in a car, in a taxi, in a small boat, in an elevator, in a helicopter

 5. at an intersection (where two streets cross)

      at Broadway and 42nd Street, at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street

 6. on an island, on a farm, on a college campus, on earth, on a planet

 7. expressions that mean sometimes use different prepositions:

    from time to time, on occasion, once in a while

 8. in a park, in a yard, at a playground

 9. on anything flat

     on a plate, on the wall, on the floor, on a shelf, on the blackboard,

     on a table, on a desk, on the door, on the stove, on your face

10. in a room or anything smaller

      in the closet, in a drawer, in a cup, in a bowl, in a glass, in your mouth, ideas in your head (BUT a hat on your head), a look in your eye

11. to when moving from point A to point B

     go to school, drive to work, take a trip to Boston, take your kids to school, fly to London, walk to the library, bring your dog to the vet

12. on a/an [adjective] morning, afternoon, evening, night, day

      on a cold afternoon, on a sunny morning, on a rainy evening,

      on a Saturday night, on a spring day, on a special night

13. on vacation, on the weekend, on a trip, on a picnic, on your break,

      on a leave of absence, on your lunch hour

14. in the water swimming, on the water boating

15. at the beach, on the sand getting a suntan, in the sand playing

16. on anything like a line

      on the coast, stand on line, on the border, on the side of the room

17. on forms of communication

            on TV, on the radio, on the phone, on the fax machine, on the computer, on a disk, on a CD, on a hard drive, on a channel, on a screen, a report on/about the economy, an article on/about the election campaign

18. on time, on time for something, in time to do something (Come on time. Come in time to get a seat.)

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