How to use prepositions IN ON AT correctly

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Here you will learn how to use prepositions IN ON AT correctly in English. 

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How to use prepositions IN ON AT

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Hi there, this is Harry and welcome back to a podcast where we try to help you with your understanding of the English language help you to be able to understand what you see what you hear what you write, and also how you speak it with other people.

Today, we’re going to look at prepositions and this comes at the request of one of our listeners who would like me to explain in a bit more detail how to use prepositions IN ON AT correctly as she finds them a little bit confusing.

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Prepositions IN ON AT are probably three of the most frequently used prepositions, and when we use them, often we use them when we’re referring to time. So let me give you a few examples.

We use IN

We use IN when we’re talking about long periods of time, for example, weeks, months, years, centuries.

I was born in July.

I was born in 1956.

I was born in the 20th century.

So they’re all longer periods of time. 

And for each of them, we are using the preposition IN.

I will see you in a week’s time.

I will see you in a month’s time.

We can also USE IN

when we’re talking about a particular part of the day.

What are you doing in the afternoon?

What will you be doing in the morning?

How to use prepositions IN ON AT

We use ON

We use ON when we’re talking about shorter periods of time, for example, a day.

I was born on the fifth of July.

When we’re talking about days of the week:

  • on Monday
  • on Tuesday
  • on Wednesday
  • on Thursday

whatever day of the week, we always use the preposition ON.

We also USE ON

when we’re talking about the specific dates:

  • on the fifth of July
  • on the first of May
  • on the 24th of December

We usually meet up with friends on the 24th of December.

On the first of May, I’m going to Scotland.

We also USE ON when we’re talking about a particular day:

  • on Christmas Day
  • on Easter Sunday
  • on New Year’s Day

I don’t have to go to work on New Year’s Day.

How to use prepositions IN ON AT

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We use AT

We use AT when we refer to the general period of Christmas or Easter:

  • at Christmas
  • at Easter

Some people get presents and Easter cards from their friends at Easter.

We also USE AT

  • at noon/midnight/night
  • at lunch/breakfast/dinner (time)
  • at that time
  • at the moment
  • at the weekend (American English: on the weekend)

I have no questions at the moment.

I was in the college at that time.

I’m very grateful to the listener who requested to explain how to use prepositions IN ON AT correctly in English. I’m really happy to help you.

Thanks for listening. Join me again soon.

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