Prepositions in English are difficult simply because there are often no rules! Once again we're dealing here with a grey area in English grammar. The good news is - there are some rules. Let's take a look at the basics of prepositions in English:

  • For time, use 'at' - at 3pm.
  • For days, use 'on'- on Wednesday.
  • For parts of days, use 'in'- in the afternoon.
  • For months, use 'in' - in April.
  • For years, use 'in' - in 2020.
  • For weekends, use 'at' - at the weekend.
  • However, we say 'at' the beginning, 'in' the middle, and 'at' the end of something.
  • The preposition, 'to', usually has something to do with movement -you drive to work.
  • When referring to an enclosed area, use 'in' - 'Let's meet in my office.'
  • So, when movement is involved, we use 'into' - he walked into my office.

Prepositions of place are best described in pictures. For further explanation click here.

 

That's more or less it. Some people suggest, learning prepositions in English  with certain verbs. For example: to be interested in something or to look forward to something. However, for many, it's a question of gut feeling.  Good luck!

 

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