In/at/on (place) In bed/at home etc. We say that somebody is in bed/in hospital/in prison: Mark isnt up yet. Hes still in bed. Kays mother is in hospital. We say that somebody is at home/at work/at school/at university/at college: Ill be at work until 5.30 but Ill be at home all evening. Julia is studying chemistry at university. Also at sea. 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.
In/at/on (place) 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? I saw Jack at a football match/at a concert last Saturday.
In/at/on (place) In 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. We usually say at when we say where an event takes place (for example, a concert, a film, a meeting): We went to a concert at the Royal Festival Hall. The meeting took place at the companys headquarters. The film I want to see is shown at the Odeon (cinema)
In/at/on (place) We say at the station/at the airport: Dont meet me at the station. I can get a taxi. We say at somebodys house: I was at Judys house last night/I was at Judys last night. Also: at the doctors, at the hairdressers etc. We use in when we are thinking about the building itself: The rooms in Judys house are very small. I enjoyed the film but it was very cold in the cinema.
In/at/on (place) In and at for towns etc. We normally use in with cities, towns and villages: Toms parents live in Nottingham. The Louvre is a famous art museum in Paris. But you can use at or in when you think of the place as a point or station on a journey: Do you know if this train stops at/in Nottingham? We stopped at/in a small village on the way to London.
In/at/on (place) On 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. Nick arrived in a taxi. We say on a bicycle/on a motorcycle/on a horse: Mary passed me on her bicycle.
Test yourself 5 Complete the sentences with in, at or on. 1.I didnt see you … the party on Saturday. Where were you? 2.It was a very slow train. It stopped … every station. 3.I dont know where my umbrella is. Perhaps I left it … the bus. 4.Shall we travel … your car or mine? 5.The exhibition … the Museum of Modern Art finished on Saturday. 6.We stayed … a very nice hotel when we were … Amsterdam. 7.There were fifty rooms … the hotel. 8.Tom is ill. He wasnt … work today. He was … home … bed. 9.I wasnt in when you phoned. I was … my sisters house.
Test yourself 5 Complete the sentences with in, at or on. 1.I didnt see you at the party on Saturday. Where were you? 2.It was a very slow train. It stopped at every station. 3.I dont know where my umbrella is. Perhaps I left it on the bus. 4.Shall we travel in your car or mine? 5.The exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art finished on Saturday. 6.We stayed at/in a very nice hotel when we were…Amsterdam. 7.There were fifty rooms in the hotel. 8.Tom is ill. He wasnt at work today. He was at home in bed. 9.I wasnt in when you phoned. I was at my sisters house.