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Unit 125. In / at / on (position) 3




Unit 125; Part A


galka.jpgIn hospital / at home etc.
We say that somebody is in hospital / in prison / in jail:

   •    Ann's mother is in hospital.

We say that somebody is at home / at work / at school / at university / at college:

   •    I'll be at work until 5.30, but I'll be at home all evening.
   •    Julia is studying chemistry at university.


Also at sea (= on a voyage). Compare at sea and in the sea:

   •    It was a long voyage. We were at sea for 30 days.
   •    I love swimming in the sea.

Unit 125; Part B


At a party / at a concert etc.
We say that somebody is
at an event (at a party / at a conference etc.):
   •    Were there many people at the party / at the meeting / at the wedding?
   •    I saw Steve at a football match / at a concert on Saturday.

Unit 125; Part C


galka.jpgIn and at for buildings
You can often use in or at with buildings.
For example, you can eat in a restaurant or at a restaurant; you can buy something in a supermarket or at a supermarket. We usually say at when we say where an event takes place (for example: a concert, a film, a party, a meeting):
   •    We went to a concert at the Royal Festival Hall.
   •    The meeting took place at the company's head office in Frankfurt.

We say at the station / at the airport:
   •    Don't meet me at the station. I can get a taxi.


We say at somebody's house:
   •    I was at Sue's house last night.  
  or   I was at Sue's last night.
Also at the doctor's, at the hairdresser's etc.

We use in when we are thinking about the building itself.
Compare:
   •    We had dinner at the hotel.
         All the rooms in the hotel have air conditioning. 
(not at the hotel)
   •    I was at Sue's (house) last night.
        It's always cold in Sue's house. The heating doesn't work very well.
  (not at Sue's house)

Unit 125; Part D


galka.jpgIn and at for towns etc.
We normally use in with cities, towns and villages:

   •    Sam's parents live in Nottingham (not at Nottingham)
   •    The Louvre is a famous art museum in Paris (not at Paris)

But you can use at or in when you think of the place as a point or station on a journey:

   •    Does this train stop at (or in) Nottingham (= at Nottingham station)
   •    We stopped at (or in) a small village on the way to London.

Unit 125; Part E


galka.jpgOn a bus / in a car etc.
We usually say on a bus / on a train / on a plane / on a ship 
   but   in a car / in a taxi:
   •    The bus was very full. There were too many people on it.
   •    Mary arrived in a taxi.


We say on a bike
(= bicycle) / on a motorbike / on a horse:
   •    Jane passed me on her bike.



Exercises

flag.jpgComplete the sentences about the pictures. Use in, at or on with the words below the pictures.
Key.2    on a train
3    at a conference
4    in hospital
5    at the hairdresser's
6    on his bike
7    in New York
8    at the Savoy Theatre

125.1.jpg
1    You can hire a car    at the airport     .    
2    Dave is  __________________________.
3    Karen is  __________________________.
4    Martin is  __________________________.
5    Judy is  __________________________.
6    I saw Gary __________________________.
7    We spent a few days  __________________________.
8    We went to a show  __________________________.
flag.jpgComplete the sentences. Use in, at or on + the following:
Key.2    in a taxi
3    at the cinema
4    in prison
5    at school
6    at the sports centre
7    in hospital
8    at the airport
9    on the plane
10  at sea

 
sea            hospital    a taxi     the station    the cinema
the plane    school      prison    the airport     the sports centre
 
1    My train arrives at 11.30. Can you meet me    at the station   ?
2    We walked to the restaurant, but we went home ___________________.
3    I'd like to see a film. What's on ___________________ this week?
4    Some people are ___________________ for crimes that they did not commit.
5    'What does your sister do? Has she got a job?'   'No, she's still ___________________.'
6    I play basketball ___________________ on Friday evenings.
7    A friend of mine was injured in an accident a few days ago. She's still ___________________.
8    Our flight was delayed. We had to wait ___________________ for four hours.
9    I enjoyed the flight, but the food ___________________ wasn't very nice.
10  Bill works on ships. He is ___________________ most of the time.
flag.jpgComplete these sentences with in, at or on.
Key.2    at
3    in
4    at
5    at/in a very nice hotel ... in Amsterdam
6    in
7    on
8    at
9    in
10  at
11  in
12  at ... at
13  in
14  in Birmingham ... at Birmingham University


1    We went to a concert   at   the Royal Festival Hall.
2    It was a very slow train. It stopped ____ every station.
3    My parents live ____ a small village about 50 miles from London.
4    I haven't seen Kate for some time. I last saw her ____ David's wedding.
5    We stayed ____ a very nice hotel when we were ____ Amsterdam.
6    There were fifty rooms ____ the hotel.
7    I don't know where my umbrella is. Perhaps I left it ____ the bus.
8    I wasn't in when you phoned. I was ____ my sister's house.
9    There must be somebody ____ the house. The lights are on.
10  The exhibition ____ the Museum of Modern Art finished on Saturday.
11  Shall we travel ____ your car or mine?
12  What are you doing ____ home? I expected you to be ____ work.
13  'Did you like the film?'    'Yes. but it was too hot ____ the cinema.'
14  Paul lives ____ Birmingham. He's a student ____ Birmingham University.



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