Prepositions of Time
We use at to designate specific times.
- The train is due at 12:15 p.m.
- My brother is coming on Monday.
- We're having a party on the Fourth of July.
We use in for nonspecific times during a day, a month, a season, or a year.
- She likes to jog in the morning.
- It's too cold in winter to run outside.
- He started the job in 1971.
- He's going to quit in August.
Prepositions of Place
We use at for specific addresses.
- Mr. Green lives at 55 Boretz Road in Durham.
We use on to designate names of streets, avenues, etc.
- Her house is on Boretz Road.
And we use in for the names of land-areas (towns, counties, states, countries, and continents).
- She lives in Durham.
- Durham is in Windham County.
- Windham County is in Connecticut.
- He held his breath for seven minutes.She's lived there for seven years.
- The British and Irish have been quarreling for seven centuries.
- He's worked here since 1970.
- She's been sitting in the waiting room since two-thirty.
Prepositions of Location: in, at, and on
* You may sometimes use different prepositions for these locations.
Prepositions of Movement
We use to in order to express movement toward a place.They were driving to work together.
- She's going to the dentist's office this morning.
- We're moving toward the light.
- This is a big step towards the project's completion.
- Grandpa went home.
- They both went outside.
Prepositions are sometimes so firmly wedded to other words that they have practically become one word.
NOUNS and PREPOSITIONS
ADJECTIVES and PREPOSITIONS
VERBS and PREPOSITIONS
look forward to
Idiomatic Expressions with Prepositions
- agree to a proposal, agree with a person, agree on a price, agree in principle
- argue about a matter, argue with a person, argue for/against a proposition
- compare to (to show likenesses), compare with (to show differences and sometimes similarities)
- correspond to a thing, correspond with a person
- differ from an unlike thing, differ with a person
- live at an address, live in a house or city, live on a street, live with other people