Qi Cheng
What's the difference amongst"at,in,and on"? What's the difference amongst"at,in,and on"?I always can not use them corrcet.
Mar 17, 2014 12:15 AM
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Generally, when talking about physical position: At = 在... In = ...里 On = ...上 (it can also refer to things attached to the other surfaces, like clocks) 'At' is just a default word that describes a general location. It treats a location is a single point in space. If the location has any kind of area or volume, you probably need to use another proposition. For example you'd always say that you're "in a city" or "in a country", but if you're talking about cities or countries that are stops on a journey, then you can use 'at'. Clocks hang on walls. Termites live in walls. Grass grounds on the ground. Ants live in the ground. If you're on a planet, you're standing on the ground. If you're in a planet, you're deep underground. If you're sitting on a car, you're sitting on the roof (like a bird). If you're sitting on a seat, you're also sitting in the car. When prepositions are used abstractly, you just have to think abstractly to figure out how what exactly you should be thinking.
March 17, 2014
I like Jmat's answer but I also answered this question in a post http://www.italki.com/question/234464
March 17, 2014
Understand through this simple example... taj mahal is situated at India the bird is on the branch of the tree the tree is in the garden
March 17, 2014
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