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Prepositions of Time

Using the right preposition in English can be a problem. Here is a list and examples for prepositions of time, prepositions of place and prepositions of transport.

Prepositions of time

in a century
"There were many inventions in the twentieth century."

in a year
"She left school in 1987."

in a month
"He's leaving in January."

in a season
"We usually go on holiday in summer."

in a part of the day
"I'm leaving in the morning, not in the evening."

during or in – when something happens
"Muslims fast during / in Ramadan."
"It rained during / in the night."

for – how long something takes
"She played tennis for an hour."

at Christmas or at Easter
"Christians celebrate at Christmas and at Easter."

at the weekend
"I play tennis at the weekend."

at night
"I go to sleep at night."

at a time
"The appointment is at four o'clock in the afternoon."

on a day
"The appointment is on Monday."

on a date
"I'm leaving on 12 December."

Prepositions of place

on or on top of
"The remote control is on the table."

above (higher than)
"Look at the clock above the mantelpiece."

under or underneath
"The keys are under the mat."

beneath (old fashioned word to mean under)

below (lower than)
"The chart below shows the annual figures."
"It was below freezing last night."

next to "A is next to B in the alphabet."

between "B is between A and C in the alphabet."

opposite
"The bank is opposite the supermarket. If you walk outside the bank, you can see the supermarket in front of you, on the other side of the road."

across
"Walk across the road, to the other side."

round / around
"It's round the corner – you can't see it from here."

Prepositions of transport

on a train, a bus, a plane, a bicycle

get on / off a train / a bus / a plane / a bike

in a car

get in / out of a car

go by car / train / plane / bus

go on foot

For more help with prepositions, see Prepositions and adjectives, and Prepositions of location and direction.




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10 comments

Tauseef
Thank you for the lesson. I need to revise it over and over again.And here is a use of a few prepositions : I was born on June, the 19th at 6 o'clock in the morning, on Monday, in the year 1975, in summers.
Clare
... I was born in June (the others are correct!)
shimalion
thanks and i hope i ill get more soon, i always go to europe in summer and i ill decide in january if i go by plane
Hamid
Hiis it correct A is next to B? or B next to A?
Clare
"A is next to B" is correct.
Abdul Rahman
thanks
Rafael
When I take an uncommon transportation, for instance: balloon, how can I say it?
Clare
You can ride in a hot air balloon!
Santiago
I am in an elevator.I am on the sky train. I am going down the escalator. Are these correct?
Clare
Yes - correct!

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