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What are Place Prepositions? Grammar Review Video


Video English LessonsWhat are Place Prepositions?

Place prepositions help refer to position and direction. There are general ideas and rules as well as everyday expressions. Technically, there are only three place prepositions in the English language.

Those would be “At, In, and On.” Most prepositions are taught collectively as a group.

“At” is generally associated with places.

“In” is generally used with limits.

“On” is generally used when two things touch.

Remember that all prepositions play an important role with phrasal verbs as well. With phrasal verbs, forget the general rules for prepositions. With phrasal verbs, there are no rules. Study phrasal verbs carefully.

The following is a partial list of commonly used prepositions of place.

There are many more!

Prepositions of Place Examples:

At, in, on, by, next to, beside, under, below, over, above.

At: At the park, at home, at work, at school.

In: In the house, in the room, in the cup, in the pocket.

On: On the table, on the ceiling, on the wall, on the shelf.

By: By the sofa, by the park, by the tree.

Next to: Next to the park, next to the building.

Beside: Beside me, beside the table, beside the car.

Under: Under the table, under the sofa, under the cabinet.

Below: Below the surface, below the clouds, below ground.

Over: Over the bridge, over the mountain, over the sea.

Above: Above the lake, above the clouds, above the mountains.

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Place Prepositions Everyday Dialog.

“At” is generally
associated with
places, for sure.
“In” is generally
used with limits.
So. “At” would be:
At the park.
At the beach.
I’m going to talk about that in a minute.
And “in” would be used
where there might be some kind of limit.
“On” is generally used
when two things touch.
“There’s a coffee cup
on my desk.”
Remember, that all
prepositions play
an important role with
phrasal verbs as well.
You’ll find many, many
prepositions help create
phrases or phrasal verbs.
With phrasal verbs
forget the general rules.
With phrasal verbs
there are no rules.
Just remember that.
Here is a
partial list
of commonly used
prepositions of place:
“at,” “in,” “on,”
“by,” “next to,”
“beside,” “under,” “below,”
“over” and “above.”
Here are some examples.
At the park.
At home.
At work. At school.
These are all
places. So.
At the park.
At home. “At.”
We wouldn’t use
“in” we wouldn’t use
“on.” So.
The correct prepositional
phrase to use
here is “at.”
At the park.
At home etc.
Again. This is all about
locations. Right?
“In.” In the house
In the room.
In the cup.
In the pocket. So.
I can’t see my
pocket here but
trust me if I had
something in my pocket
it would be “in,” because
it has limits.
“On.” On the table.
On the ceiling.
On the wall.
There’s a painting
on the wall.
There’s a book.
on the shelf.
There is a lamp
on the ceiling.
Hey, by the sofa.
By the park.
By the tree.
The, again,
these are all
place prepositions.
“Next to.”
Next to the park.
Next to the building.
“Beside.” Beside me.
Beside the table.
Beside the car.
“Under.”
Under the table.
Under the sofa.
Under the cabinet.
Very often we use
the preposition “under,”
because it might be
something we are
referring to that’s not
normally placed there.
Hey. Where are my keys?”
“Well. I think
they’re under
the table.”
“I think they’re under the sofa.”
“Hey. Check under
the cabinet.”
Something like that.
And commonly
the preposition “under”
is used, when
we might be able
to see an
object under something.
Where it’s not hidden.
“Below.”
Below the surface.
Below the clouds.
Below ground.
Very often we use
the preposition “below,”
when we cannot
see something.
“Over.”
Over the bridge.
Over the mountain.
Over the sea.
Now. Over.
Over the bridge.
Sometimes we use “over”
with verbs. Yes?
“Hey. Where are you
right now?” “Well. I’m
driving over the bridge.”
You see. Right now.
“I am climbing
over the mountain.”
“Hey! Right now. I’m on a
cruise and we are
going over the sea.”
Above the lake.
Above the clouds.
Above the mountains.
Far above,
not “on” they’re not
touching. Right?
And there’s definitely a
space of some kind.