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prepositions of place

Posted on Ottobre 12, 2015 in english

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For today’s fun language tip we are going to look at the prepositions of place at, in and on.

We can use at, in and on when we talk about the location of things.
What do these three prepositions tell us about the location?

In general, we use:

At for a POINT (un punto specifico)
At for an ENCLOSED SPACE
(uno spazio delimitato)
On for a SURFACE
(una superficie)

Look at some examples:

Mike is at the bus stop waiting for a bus.
Mike è alla fermata ad aspettare un autobus.

James doesn’t like to be locked in his office all day; he likes to be outside.
A James non piace stare chiuso in ufficio. A lui piace stare fuori.

When I got home, I saw a cat sitting on my car!
Quando sono tornato a casa ho visto un gatto steso sulla mia macchina!

Let’s take a look at a list of some words which often follow these prepositions of place:

AT
home – work – school – university – college – a station – an airport – the seaside

IN
the newspaper – bed – hospital – prison – the street – the sky – a photograph – a picture/photo – the mirror – the corner (of a room).

ON
the left – the right – the ground floor – the first, second, etc, floor – on a chair (sit) – on the radio – on television/TV – on a horse – on the corner (of a street).

An important rule to remember is, that we use on for most means of transport:
Un’importante regola da tenere in mente è che “on” si usa con la maggior parte dei mezzi di trasporto:

I am on the bus/my bike/my motorbike/my skateboard/a plane/the train at the moment.

However, we do not use on for cars and taxis; we use the preposition in:
Tuttavia, non usiamo “on” con le macchine e i taxi, con i quali utilizziamo invece la preposizione “in”.

I am in my car/a taxi at the moment.

prepositions of time and place

Posted on Marzo 22, 2015 in english

prepositions time and location IELTS

Today let’s take a look at some prepositions of time commonly used in English: IN, ON and AT.
Oggi studieremo alcune delle preposizioni di tempo più usate in inglese: IN, ON e AT.

Let’s look at a quick text and see how we use these prepositions correctly when reading, speaking or writing.

At 1 o’clock today I am going to my grandparents’ house for lunch. My grandma told us to come at noon but Mum said it was too early. We always go there on Sundays and spend the whole day there. I actually like to spend the night too because Granddad and I wake up at sunrise and spend the morning walking in the mountains.
Last year on Christmas day Granny prepared the best meal ever for the whole family. She said that on my birthday this year she would make a big cake and I could invite my friends.
In summer I normally go visit my grandparents too because they live on a farm and it’s much better than the city. Once when I had school holidays in 2012 I stayed with my grandparents for 2 months. We had great fun!

Oggi all’1 in punto andrò a casa dei miei nonni per pranzo. Mia nonna ci ha detto di arrivare a mezzogiorno ma mia mamma ha detto che era troppo presto. Andiamo lì sempre di domenica e ci fermiamo tutto il giorno. A me piace starci anche la notte perché io e mio nonno ci alziamo all’alba e passiamo tutta la mattina camminando per le montagne.
L’anno scorso a Natale mia nonna ha preparato il miglior pranzo di sempre per tutta la famiglia. Ha detto che quest’anno, il giorno del mio compleanno, preparerà una torta enorme e che posso invitare i miei amici.
Di solito anche d’estate vado a trovare i miei nonni, perché vivono in una fattoria, ed è molto meglio della città. Nel 2012 durante le vacanze sono stato dai miei nonni per 2 mesi. Ci siamo divertiti moltissimo!

Now let’s take a look at the rules so we can see how easy it is!

AT
IN
ON
a specific time
months, years,
seasons, decades
days and dates
at 3 o’clock
in May
on Sunday
at 10.30am
in summer
on Tuesdays
at noon
in the summer
on March 6th
at dinnertime
in 1990
on December 25th
at bedtime
in the 90s
on Christmas Day
at dawn
in the next century
on New Year’s day
at sunrise
in July
on my birthday

 

Well, I’m sure you understand prepositions better now!