Lesson Eight — Basic Prepositions: Time and Place
At / In / On
Prepositions are a group of words, one of the eight parts of speech, that indicate relationships between nouns, pronouns and other words in a sentence. Most often they come before a noun. Simple/basic prepositions are single words, for example: at, in and on.
Use IN before months or seasons: in May, in summer. Before countries and cities: in Spain, in Curitiba. For times of the day: in the evening.
Use ON before days of the week: on Monday. Or complete dates: on December 25.
Use AT before specific times: at 10 o’clock. Or specific places in a city: at school.
Complete the sentences with the correct preposition:
1. The store opens _______9 o’clock.
2. I phone Robert ________every Sunday.
3. Tom usually has dinner _____Saturday night.
4. Goodbye! See you______Friday.
5. Julia’s birthday is ______January.
6. My sister was born _____1967.
7. I get up _____7 o’clock.
8. I am starting a new job _______July 2.
9. Susan is going to the movies______Wednesday evening.
10.Do you work_______Sundays?
11.I am always tired ______the evening.
12. My test is_______November 5.
13. We go to the beach______ the summer.
Answers: 1(at) 2(no preposition) 3(on) 4(on) 5(in) 6(in) 7(at) 8(on) 9(on) 10(on)11(in) 12(on) 13(in).
Fill in the gaps with the prepositions – in, on or at.
Susan was born(1)________Palm Springs(2)__________October 10,(3) ________10 o’clock.(4)_____the evening. Palm Springs is a city(5)_____California(6) _____the United States. She goes to school(7) _______the morning, and she likes to meet her friends(8) ______the afternoon. They usually go to movies (9) _____ Fridays (10) ______ 2.00pm and (11)______Saturdays they meet(12) ______a restaurant. (13)____ the summer, Susan always visits her family (14)____Europe. Susan’s family lives (15)_____London and they always have a great time together.
Answers: 1(in) 2(on) 3(at) 4(in) 5(in) 6(in) 7(in) 8(in) 9(on) 10(at) 11(on) 12(at) 13(in) 14(in) 15(in).
These exercises were written by Luiza Moura, who has a Master’s Degree in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) from UFPR. She is a private English instructor in Curitiba and can be contacted at www.luizamoura.com.br.