Prepositions of place exercises and explanation in English 17

Lesson 17


This tutorial is focusing on the prepositions of place: in, at, on.


1/Sentence Practice

A trip to London

Today I am taking the bus to go to London. I eat a lot of food.

In London, there is much to see and you can walk everywhere.

People that eat a lot of food need to do exercise. I am standing at the bus stop.

Hello John! how are you? – I am well. – Hello Peter,

Where are you going? -I am going to London on the bus.

That is very wise, people that drive to the city find it difficult to park.

I need the exercise. I need to walk more often. I eat too much.

I have a problem. I love eating and I work in an office.

I have got fat. I am overweight. I must lose some weight.

Here is the bus, have a nice day! And I hope to see you soon!


 2/Vocabulary Practice

  • to take the bus
  • i am taking the bus
  • london
  • to go to london
  • a lot of food
  • in london
  • there is much to see
  • to walk
  • you can walk
  • everywhere
  • people that eat
  • to do exercise
  • Where are you going?
  • i am going to london
  • on the bus
  • that is very wise
  • more often
  • i eat too much
  • to have a problem
  • to love eating
  • in an office
  • i have got fat
  • overweight
  • to be overweight
  • i must lose
  • some weight
  • here is the bus
  • have a nice day
  • to see you soon


 Prepositions of place / location: in, at, on

Let’s see how to use Prepositions of place / location, in / at / on.

“in” is used in many contexts:

  • countries
  • cities
  • neighbourhoods
  • large areas
  • enclosed spaces
  • other


in (country)

in England

I live in England.

in (city)

in London

I work in London.

in (neighbourhood)

in South Kensington

I am shopping in South Kensington.

in (large area)

in Hyde Park

I am jogging in Hyde Park.

in the sky

They are flying through the sky.

in (enclosed spaces)

in a car

in a taxi

in a helicopter

in a lift, in an elevator

in the garden

in a box

in my pocket

in a building

in (other)

in a row

in the newspapers

“on” is used for:

  • public transport or transport
  • surfaces (= on top of)
  • streets, avenues
  • more specific places


on (public transport, transport)

on a bus,

on a train,

on a plane,

on a ship,

on a bicycle,

on a horse…

on (surfaces)

on the wall

on the floor

on a page

on the menu

on (streets, avenues)

on Oxford Street

on the high street

on Brick Lane

on (more specific places)

on the corner

on the edge

on the right, on the left

on television

on the way

“at” is used for very specific locations (smaller):

  • a point, a specific location
  • institutions
  • addresses


at (specific location)

at the entrance

at the top

at the bottom

at the front desk

at the shop

at (institutions)

at the Guggenheim Museum

at Buckingham Palace

at Tower Bridge

at (addresses)

at 21 Oxford Street

at the bus stop

at the crossroads

at the dentist’s

at Bond Street station

Be careful as some expressions with “at” do not use an article:

at home > I am at home.

at work > We are at work.

at school > He is at school.

at university > They are at university.

at reception > She is waiting at reception.

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

Why are you taking the bus?

I am taking the bus to go to London.

Why are you going to London?

I am going to London to go to the cinema.

Are you going to eat in London?

Yes, I am going to eat in London.

Why do you not drive to London?

There is too much traffic and there is nowhere to park.

Do you know John?

Yes I know John, he is a friend.

Do you like to eat?

Yes, I like to eat too much.

Have you got a problem?

Yes, I have a problem, I am too fat.

Do you walk?

Yes, I  walk.

Do you need to exercise?

Yes I need to exercise more often.

Are you overweight?

Yes, I am overweight but so are you. See you soon.

Exercises Lesson 17

Comprehension Practice

Vocabulary Practice

Grammar Practice