University North Central Writing Center Handout
Time and Place
point in time-- on (with days--may
be omitted informally);
(with noon, night, midnight; with
the time of day);
in (with other
parts of the day, with months,
with years, with
since, for (sometimes omitted informally), by, from-to, from-
until, during, (with)in.
the required prepositions of time.
They are getting married __________ Friday __________ six oíclock
___________ the evening.
Exactly __________ midnight we were awakened by the shrill sound of the
air raid sirens.
The reception will be __________ Sunday _________ four ___________ the
Spring begins ___________ March 21, summer ___________ June 21,
____________ Sept. 22, and winter ___________ December 22.
The last time I saw him was ________________________ the spring of 1996.
The event took place _________________ August.
He came to this country ________________ August 5, 1968.
She left for Spain ______________ 1978.
Daffodils usually bloom _______________ late March.
World War II lasted _________________ 1939 _______________ 1945.
They say that _______________ the spring a young manís fancy fondly
turns to thoughts of love.
He has not felt well _______________ a long time, ever _____________ his
She has been away from __________________________ two weeks.
They never go out ___________________ night _________________ the week.
_________________ the storm, all the lights were out ______________
We will be ready to leave ___________________ an hour from now.
We will have finished all the work ______________ the time you get here.
He has been away from home _______________ January 12.
__________________ tomorrow, the worst of the storm should be over.
Recently he has been having trouble getting to sleep ____________________
The temperature is below zero. ________________
a few hours the pond should be frozen over.
point itself-- in, inside (for something
contained), on (the surface), at
than a point-- over (generally), above
than a point-- under (generally), underneath
(close under), beneath, below
the point-- near, by,
next to, between, among,
the required preposition of place.
Iíll meet ________________ the
If you want to reach that shelf youíd better stand _________________ a
You will find some stamps ___________________ the middle drawer of the
We are still living _______________ 450 Bedford Avenue.
This apartment is 10D; 11D is the apartment directly _________________
__________________ the box were the earrings she thought she had lost.
Some of the most expensive stores _______________ New York are
___________ Fifth Avenue.
______________ the front page of a newspaper are the most important
stories of the day.
Play _______________ the house. It
is too cold outside.
When you are sitting ____________ the table for dinner, donít put your
elbows ___________ the table.
There is no one _____________________ the world who can help me now.
The boy hid the money __________________ a rock _________________ the
A subterranean river runs ____________________ the ground.
The tax office is _____________________ the second floor.
A submarine operates __________________ the surface of the water.
We will wait for you ___________________ the lobby of the hotel.
He saw a dollar bill lying __________________ the sidewalk.
Turn left __________________ the next intersection.
The pupils were busy writing some exercises _________________ their
They arrived __________________ the United States last week.1
The plane arrived _________________ the airport two hours late.1
Arrive in is used for a larger geographical area such
as a country. Arrive at is used for a smaller area such as a building, a station,
an airport. With cities or towns, arrive
in is far more common than arrive at.