Grammar Rules

Preposition of Place

What is a preposition of place?

A preposition of place is a preposition which is used to refer to a place where something or someone is located. There are only three prepositions of place, however they can be used to discuss an almost endless number of places.
  • At – A preposition of place which is used to discuss a certain point
  • In – A preposition of place which is used to discuss an enclosed space
  • On – A preposition of time which is used to discuss a surface

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Prepositions of place allow you to be very specific when talking about where action takes place in stories or when discussing important details for communication purposes.

Examples of Prepositions of Place

Prepositions of place give you the ability to tell others where something is located. In the following examples, the prepositions of place have been italicized for ease of identification.

Jessie waited for Jim at the corner.

The mall is located at the intersection of Main Street and Third Avenue.

We spent a quiet evening at home.

I’m growing tomatoes in my garden.

Marie was born in Paris, France.

I was so tired that I took a nap in the car.

Please place the bouquet on the table.

I really wish you would stop throwing your dirty clothes on the floor.

What’s on the menu this evening?