Prepositions of Place

Prepositions of place are prepositions that we use to express where something is located.

The most important of them are:

1. in

2. at

3. on

I'm going to give you a through description of these three prepositions.

1. We use in when talking about objects that are surrounded or enclosed.


  • He was in the bar.
  • They swam in the pool.

Another use of in is to express positions within land-areas (town, cities, countries, continents).

  • It never happends in New Jersey—trust me. 

2. We use at when talking about objects that have a very specific place or location.


  • When I found out that he was not at the airport waiting for me, I became furious.
  • It's noon—she must be at the church.

 3. We use on when talking about objects located on horizontal or vertical surfaces.


  • An interesting painting was hangingon the wall.
  • A glass of water was lying on the table.

We also use on when talking about objects located on streets, roads, and so on.

  • I'm quite sure I saw the man on Magnolia Street.

Other prepositions include:

1. in front of

2. over/above

3. under/below

4. behind

5. next to/behind/by

6. among

7. between

8. by