|Prepositions 'at', 'on', 'in'|
Javier Balsells from Spain asks: Why, when you are on the beach you walk in the sand? But when you are in the street, you walk on foot? Is there any logical rule to it?
Lin in the USA asks:
Velarde in Peru asks:
Kanagpon from Thailand asks:
At, on and in are the main prepositions in English indicating position. And I think there is some logic for the preference for one of them over the other two in given situations, Javier.
1. In your example, Javier, of people walking in the sand, one imagines soft sand, which their feet sometimes disappear into, but if you said on the sand, we would imagine it as hard sand which their feet do not sink into. Both on and in are therefore possible alternatives in this example.
As we can see, use of an appropriate preposition sometimes depends on how you think about it.
2. In your example, Poliang, we read about things in a newspaper. To find what we are looking for, we usually have to open the newspaper and look inside. Therefore in is the most appropriate preposition. Compare the following:
In your example, Pilar, 'I will meet you at the bank' the precise
location remains vague to the reader. It could be anywhere inside
or outside the bank, although the two people who are arranging the
meeting obviously know exactly where they are going to meet and do
not need to specify it further. Compare the following: