UNIT 121. In/at/on (Position) 2

Canada-23 grammar


We say that somebody / something is:

in a line / in a row
in bed
in the sky / in the world
in the country / in the countryside
in an office / in a department
in a photograph / in a picture
in a book / in a (news) pager / in a magazine / in a letter
  • When I go to the movies, I like to sit in the front row.
  • I just started working in the sales department.
  • Who is the woman in that photo?
  • Have you seen this picture in today’s paper?

We say in the front / in the back of car / building / theater / group of people, etc.

  • I was sitting in the bank (of the car) when we crashed.
  • Let’s sit in the front (of the movie theater).
  • John was standing in the back of the crowd.


on the left / on the right
on the left-hand side / right-hand side
on a map / on a menu / on a list
on a farm / on a ranch
  • In Britain they drive on the left. (or … on the left-hand side.)
  • Our apartment is on the second floor of the building.
  • Here’s a shopping list. Don’t buy anything that’s not on the list.
  • Have you ever worked on a farm? It’s a lot like working on a ranch.

We say that a place in on a river / on a street / on a road / on the coast:
– Washington, D.C., is on the East Coast of the United States, on the Potomac River.
– I live on Main Street. My brother lives on Elm. (= on Elm Street)

Also on the way:
– We stopped at a small town on the way to Atlanta.

on the front / on the back of the letter / piece of paper / photo, etc.
– I wrote the date on the back of the photo.


at the top (of) / at the bottom (of) / at the end (of)
– Write your name at the top of the page.
– Jane’s house is at the other end of street.


in the corner of a room
– The television is in the corner of the room.

at the corner or on the corner of a street
– There is a mailbox at/on the corner of the street.

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