We use adverbials of place to describe:

Location

We use prepositions to talk about where someone or something is.

 Examples:

  • He was standing by the table.
  • You’ll find it in the cupboard.
  • Sign your name here – at the bottom of the page.

Direction

We use adverbials to talk about the direction where someone or something is moving.

Examples:

  • Walk past the bank and keep going to the end of the street.
  • The car door is very small so it’s difficult to get into.

Distance

We use adverbials to show how far things are:

Examples:

  • Birmingham is 250 kilometres from London.
  • We were in London. Birmingham was 250 kilometres away.

Exercise

Comments

hello
i'm confused with this sentence (i ate at a table) because i used always to write on before the word table, but sometimes i came across with sentence with the preposition at before the word table , i don't know what it makes that sentence correct if it is really ?

Hello Abdel El,

'on a table' means on top of the table, whereas 'at the table' means sitting next to the table. It is possible for you to eat on a table, but that means you are not sitting in a chair -- you are on top of the table, at the same level as the food. Most of the time, people sit at a table to eat or to work. Our food is on the table, but we sit at the table.

Bon appetit!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hello
it's correct to say i'm on the river or i'm in the river ?

Hello Abdel El,

It's clear you have many questions about prepositions with particular nouns and I think you can find these answers much more efficiently with a simple online search. Type 'river preposition' into your favourite search engine and you'll see many helpful sites.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hi
it's correct to say i'm at home or i'm in home?

Hello Abdel El,

We generally say 'at home' and we do not say 'in home'.

We can use 'in' in certain phrases such as 'in this home', 'in my home', but these are used in particular contexts. To talk about being in the place where you live, use 'at home'.

 

You can check which prepostions are common with which nouns in any good dictionary.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hello
is it correct to say (i'm at my apartment or i'm in my apartment) ?

Hello Abdel El, Both 'at' and 'in' are possible here and both are quite commonly used to mean 'at home'. Usually, 'at' is more general in meaning. It can mean inside your apartment or it can mean somewhere nearby such as on the street outside. 'In' is more concrete and means that you are actually in your rooms, not just nearby. Peter The LearnEnglish Team

hello

which sentences are correct?:

1.i'm at my apartment
2.i'm in my apartment

3.i eat on a table
4.i eat at a table

5.the boat is in the water
6.the boat is on the water

Hello Abdel El,

I'm afraid we don't provide answers to lists of questions like this. We're happy to explain points of grammar and encourage you in your learning, but we don't offer an answering service for tasks from elsewhere. If we did, then we would end up doing our users' tests and homework for them, which is not our role!

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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