Lesson 55 – In the Newspaper – Place Expressions




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  • Did Darren tell you about…?
  • He called me at work.
  • The driver destroyed the car
  • At the top of your street
  • Did you have to talk to the police too?
  • I was in bed and fast asleep
  • Darren told me in the morning
  • There’s an article in the newspaper
  • A student at the University
  • Drinking with his friends
  • He decided to drive home
  • He would lose his licence
  • He ran away
  • The accident was reported
  • The police visited him at home
  • Has been stolen
  • A typical excuse
  • To calm his nerves
  • Feasible
  • Alibi
  • Dirty and ragged
  • Cuts and bruises
  • His face and arms
  • I hope that they never allow him…
  • People should be more responsible
  • Behind the wheel of a car
  • He’ll be travelling on the bus
  • From now on
  • Has Darren seen the article yet?
  • To leave it on the table
  • We were talking about that the other day
  • I have never been to…




-In the newspaper-


Lesson – In the Newspaper

Kieran: Rosie, did Darren tell you about the car accident that happened in the middle of the night last week?

Rosie: Yes, he called me at work. He said that the driver destroyed the car and a lamp post at the top of your street. Did you have to talk to the police too?

Kieran: No, I was in bed and fast asleep. I didn’t hear a thing. I had no idea anything had happened until Darren told me in the morning. There’s an article in the newspaper about it. Apparently the driver was a student at the University. It says here that he had been at the pub drinking with his friends and decided to drive home. He lost control of the car and crashed it. Worried that he would lose his licence, he ran away… When the accident was reported, the police visited him at home. He tried to say that he wasn’t in the car, that it had probably been stolen.

Rosie: That’s a very typical excuse!

Kieran: He had gone home and drank more to calm his nerves. He told the police that he had been at home drinking all night. Which would have been a feasible alibi had his clothes not been dirty and ragged and he didn’t have cuts and bruises on his face and arms…

Rosie: Well I hope that they never allow him to drive again. What if it had happened in the middle of the day? People should be more responsible when they are behind the wheel of a car.

Kieran: You are right. I guess he’ll be travelling on the bus from now on.

Rosie: Good! Has Darren seen the article yet?

Kieran: Maybe. I’ll leave the newspaper open on the article and leave it on the table. He’s at the climbing centre at the moment. It’s all he seems to be doing with his spare time. He was even talking about going climbing in the Pyrenees once winter ends.

Rosie: Oh yes, we were talking about that other day. I have never been to the Pyrenees. We should go!


Facts: Johann Carolus was a German publisher of the first newspaper, called Relation aller Fürnemmen und gedenckwürdigen Historien. Evidence shows that the Carolus pamphlet was printed in 1605.




Interactive Video Comprehension Quiz 1


Summary Statements Comprehension Quiz 2


Drag and Drop Quiz 3




In is used to express an area that is within the boundaries of the place:



My father is cooking in the kitchen.


I have many shirts in my wardrobe.

I swam in the sea yesterday.


Other expressions with in:

In a car In a newspaper In the sky
In prison In a photograph In the middle of
In hospital In a book In the news



Your village is in the middle of nowhere.


I found inspiring ideas in that book.



At is used to express a position within the proximity of a place:



Rosie is waiting at the bus stop.

Someone is at the door.


Other expressions with at:

At the top

The room is at the top of the stairs.

At the bottom

There are many shipwrecks at the bottom of the ocean.

At the end of 

The theatre is at the end of the street.


At is also used when we talk about learning places:

At school

What did you learn at school today?

At college

I studied for two years at college.

At University

Keiran studied sports science at University.


At is also used to express that one is in someone’s house:



I will be at my parent’s house tomorrow.


He will meet me at home when he has finished work.


When we talk about the workplace:



Rosie is not here. She’s at work.


Darren is ill. He’s at the doctor’s.


I saw Chloe at the hairdresser’s.


When we talk about events, festivals and occasions:

A lot of people were at the party.


The audience sang along with the singer at the concert.



On is used to express when something or someone is on the surface of something:



Rosie is dancing on the dancefloor.


All the books are on the shelf.


Don’t walk on the grass.


On is also used when we talk about certain modes of transport, but not all:

On a bus On a train On a plane On a ship


Other expressions with on:

On the bus On the way to On the left On the right



Darren is on the left of the table and Rosie is on the right.


I came across an old friend on the bus on my way home.




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