Please share some simple rules of using prepositions IN - ON - AT.
Hi. You can visit this slide to know more tips on how to use the prepositions in, on, at when indicating time and places - http://www.slideshare.net/stephlowe91/prepositions-ielts-writing-and-speaking-exam-tips
or remember this infographic:
Well you can use then in many different situations for example
in: for spaces and specifics moments during the day, also to talk about months
I'm in the kitchen ( space)
I'll see you in the morning ( moment during the day)
I like the weather in July.(month)
On: for surfaces and to talk about a date or a moment day in a (general)
the book is on the chair ( surface)
My birthday is on march 22nd.(date)
I go to the movies on saturdays (day)
At: for places and for time (specific)
I'm at home ( place, really general)
The concert starts at 8.00 p.m. ( time)
there are more uses for these prepositions though
Hope this helps you a little :)
Use "IN": Date, Place, Months, Seasons, The Morning
Countries, Cities & Town
Use "ON": Days, Cardinal Number, The Birthday, "on" table, "on" beach,
Use "AT": Time, Home, The End,The First, Week-End, The Top, The Moment
PS: for time we can use "on" & "in"
a- On time: Short Delay
b- At time: At the moment (no delay).
But, there are lots of other situations that doesn't fit in this rule...
For example, I don't know even if the sentence above is right (IN this rule or ON this rule)...
I'll type some sentences and would be great if any of you could explain if I'm right and if I'm not and why...
" I'm interested in buying your car..."
" My hobby is spent some time on the internet..."
Thanks for the help.
prepositions are the hell of English language and I had problems with them as well. I would recommend you "English Grammar in Use " by Raymond Murphy . Every grammatical topic is perfectly described and explained there. Of course it's not a bad idea to learn the whole phrases by heart and then just use the pattern, But believe me if there is problem just with prepositions you will be understood anyway. And once you get used to them it will come out of your mouth naturally .
Have a nice day