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Prepositions “at” and “in”
Frequently asked questions about prepositions

A preposition is used to link nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence. The word or phrase that the preposition introduces is called the object of the preposition. A preposition is used to indicate the temporal, spatial or logical relationship of its object to the rest of the sentence. Here are some examples of the prepositions “at” and “in”:

Preposition AT

Used to indicate a specific time:

  • I will be there at 12 p.m.
  • He reported for duty at 1300.
  • My father will be here exactly at 3:30 p.m.

Used to indicate a place:

  • We will meet at my house.
  • There will hundreds of people at the outdoor concert.
  • We went to a baseball game at the stadium.
  • She is studying at Virginia State University.
  • The doctor works at the hospital.

Used to indicate a destination:

  • The children arrived at school.
  • The waiter was at our table to take our order.
  • I left the rental car at the dealership.

Used to indicate a direction:

  • The dog jumped at the intruder.
  • The policeman leaped at the criminal.
  • The pitcher threw the baseball at third base.

Prepositions IN

Used for unspecific times during a day, or a month, or a season, or a year:

  • He always drinks a cup of coffee in the morning.
  • We are going to married in July.
  • In the summer, we have the least amount of rain.
  • We went swimming in the ocean last year.

Used to indicate, or point out, a location or place:

  • The man looked in wallet and pulled out some money.
  • While visiting the ocean, we stayed in a rental cottage.
  • I live in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Used to indicate a shape, color, or size:

  • The painting is in the style of Rembrandt.
  • The soldiers stood in formation.
  • My dog is very small in size.

Used to tell us the noun is completely, or partially in an enclosed space (surround or closed off on all sides):

  • The cat is hiding in the box.
  • The table is in the center of the room.
  • I live in the city.

Used to indicate the direction of something by adding “to”:

  • IN + To = into: signifies movement toward the interior of a volume.
  • The frog jumped into the water.

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