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."
"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."
"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."
"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
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.
... I was born in June (the others are correct!)
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
Hiis it correct A is next to B? or B next to A?
"A is next to B" is correct.
When I take an uncommon transportation, for instance: balloon, how can I say it?
You can ride in a hot air balloon!
I am in an elevator.I am on the sky train. I am going down the escalator. Are these correct?
Yes - correct!
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