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Prepositions in English (i.e. small words like at, in, on etc. that are placed before nouns) can be challenging even for advanced English language learners. In fact, one of the most common mistakes in the IELTS Writing and IELTS Speaking test is using the prepositions incorrectly. Of course, you could lose marks if such mistakes are consistent.
This article focuses on the words at, in, on and covers the basic rules about when we use them to talk about time & place. At the end of the article, you’ll find questions for you to practise answering using the above words correctly. If you need guidance for your IELTS preparation, check out this complete IELTS preparation course. The instructor, an experienced IELTS teacher and IELTS examiner, takes you through all the best tips & techniques of all the modules of the IELTS test. Accompanied with the course is a 400-page book with extra practice material that you can study and achieve a high IELTS band score.
When do we use in?
When we talk about places, we use the word in before:
Countries & Cities e.g. There are many famous museums in France, especially in Paris.
Rooms e.g. I prefer reading in the living room than in my bedroom.
Buildings e.g. You can see the paintings of Van Gogh in this museum.
Closed spaces e.g. I like sitting in the garden.
in a car e.g. He listens to the radio in his car while driving.
When we talk about time, we use the word in before:
Months e.g. I’m attending a seminar in June.
Seasons e.g. I usually go skiing in the winter.
Years e.g. There were no smartphones in the 1990s.
Times of the day e.g. It is colder in the evening.