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At/in/on? During/while/for. English for Intermediate Students, Lesson 6 Prepositions

  • February 26, 2016
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1) We use prepositions to change the place of the object or subject in space.

1) At/In/On:

Atfor the placement in space:

  • At the top of the page, you will find the title of the lesson.
  • Let’s meet at the bus stop at 10 o’clock.
  • We had a great time at the football match!

Pay attention!

  • At the imaginary dot in space, but at imaginary home/organization.
  • At home, we usually take a rest, but at university, we always study hard.
  • At work, we always do our best, but at school, we just learn how to study.Lesson 6

In for the placement inside some room or closed space:

  • I found my key in my son’s room.
  • We waited half an hour in that queue!
  • Don’t spend too much time in the water.
  • Let’s have a walk in the park!
  • You will find him in bed; he doesn’t feel good.
  • Isn’t that robber in prison now?

Onfor on top of something or on the surface:

  • Honey, I am afraid we still have some debris on the floor.
  • There is an insect on the ceiling!
  • We will put his paintings on the wall in the sitting-room.
  • Paris is on the river Seine.
  • Do your parents work on a farm?

2) We also use prepositions to speak about time.

2) At/ during / for / in / on /while:

Atfor the time:

  • The play starts at 9 o’clock.

Onfor the date:

  • We will have a lot of food on New Year’s Eve.
  • They will not go to France on 16 February.
  • On Sunday I always go to the gym.

Infor a period of time:

  • Jim was working for our company in 1990s.
  • You will learn English in one month!

Forwhen we need to describe for how long an action happens:

  • We have been in Paris for two months.

Duringto say when an action happens (with the noun or the object):

  • She started snoring during the play!

Whileto say when an action happens (with the subject and the verb):

  • While he was at my place, someone called him.

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