PSC English - Prepositions

A preposition is a word that links a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase to some other part of the sentence. Prepositions can be tricky for English learners. There is no definite rule or formula for choosing a preposition. In the beginning stage of learning the language, you should try to identify a preposition when reading or listening in English and recognize its usage. Here are a few common prepositions and examples.

On
  1. Used to express a surface of something
    • I put an egg on the kitchen table.
    • The paper is on my desk.
  2. Used to specify days and dates
    • The garbage truck comes on Wednesdays.
    • I was born on the 14th day of June in 1988.
  3. Used to indicate a device or machine, such as a phone or computer
    • He is on the phone right now.
    • She has been on the computer since this morning.
    • My favorite movie will be on TV tonight.
  4. Used to indicate a part of the body
    • The stick hit me on my shoulder.
    • He kissed me on my cheek.
    • I wear a ring on my finger.
  5. Used to indicate the state of something
    • Everything in this store is on sale.
    • The building is on fire.
At
  1. Used to point out specific time
    • I will meet you at 12 p.m.
    • The bus will stop here at 5:45 p.m.
  2. Used to indicate a place
    • There is a party at the club house.
    • There were hundreds of people at the park.
    • We saw a baseball game at the stadium.
  3. Used to indicate an email address
    • Please email me at abc@defg.com
  4. Used to indicate an activity
    • He laughed at my acting.
    • I am good at drawing a portrait.
In
  1. Used for unspecific times during a day, month, season, year
    • She always reads newspapers in the morning.
    • In the summer, we have a rainy season for three weeks.
    • The new semester will start in March.
  2. Used to indicate a location or place
    • She looked me directly in the eyes.
    • I am currently staying in a hotel.
    • My hometown is Los Angeles, which is in California.
  3. Used to indicate a shape, color, or size
    • This painting is mostly in blue.
    • The students stood in a circle.
    • This jacket comes in four different sizes.
  4. Used to express while doing something
    • In preparing for the final report, we revised the tone three times.
    • A catch phrase needs to be impressive in marketing a product.
  5. Used to indicate a belief, opinion, interest, or feeling
    • I believe in the next life.
    • We are not interested in gambling.
Homework

Choose a correct preposition in the sentence.
  1. I want to lose 5 kilogram ------- (on, at, in) one month.
  2. Could you get me this pants ------- (on, at, in) a larger size?
  3. She seems to be interested ------- (on, at, in) Psychology.
  4. I will come to pick you up ------- (on, at, in) 2 pm tomorrow.
  5. This class will be held ------- (on, at, in) Mondays.
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