Basic Prepositions: Time and Place – at, in, on and to

Read the story below:

I was born in Seattle, Washington on the 19th of April in 1961. Seattle is in the State of Washington in the United States. That was many years ago… Now, I live in Leghorn in Italy. I work at the British School. I sometimes go to a movie on the weekend. I meet my friends at the movie theater at 8 o’clock or later. In the summer, usually in August, I go home to visit my family in America. My family and I go to the beach and relax in the sun in the morning and in the afternoon! In the evening, we often eat at a restaurant with our friends. Sometimes, we go to a bar at night.

Look at the chart below:

IN We use in with months – in May
seasons – in winter
country – in Greece
city or town names – in New York
times of the day – in the morning, afternoon or evening
BUT at night!
ON We use “on” with specific days – on Friday, on New Year’s Day, on April the 19th
American English – “on the weekend OR on weekends”
AT We use “at” with specific times – at 7 o’clock, at 6.15
at night
specific places in a city – at school
British English – “at the weekend OR at weekends”
TO We use “to” with verbs which show movement such as go and come – He goes to school.
She returned to the store.
They are coming to the party tonight.


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