Prepositions of place


Grammar Rule


My dad is in the kitchen. 
The dog is on the sofa.
The toys aren’t under the table.



We use prepositions of place to say where things are.
Where’s the cat? It’s hiding behind the chair.
I don’t like sitting next to my brother in the car.
Have you got any apples? Yes, they’re in the fridge between the grapes and the oranges.



Be careful!

If you are in something, you are inside. If you are in front of something, you are outside it (the opposite of behind). 
Ben is in his house. I can’t see him.
Look, Ben is in front of his house. I can see him!



We say... We don’t say...

The book is on the table. (NOT The book is in the table.)
My school is between a park and a cafe. (NOT My school is between a park.)


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Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 16/05/2022 - 08:23


Prepositions of place Dear team, What the different from My dog likes sleeping on the sofa. And My dog likes sleeping at the sofa. Thank you very much for your answer

Hi SeriousParachuteWinter,

We use the preposition 'at' to talk about the position or place where something or someone is. For example: at home, at school

We use 'on' when we want to say that something or someone is on top of something and touching it. For example: on the sofa, on the table


You can try this game for some more practice with prepositions of place.


Best wishes,


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