Master AT, ON, IN with the TRIANGLE method

Master AT, ON, IN with the TRIANGLE method


Hi.
I’m Rebecca from engVid. By the end of this lesson you will learn how to
use three of the most confusing prepositions in English, and they are: “at”,
“on”, and “in”, as applied to time. Now, if you think you’re alone in having problems
with these little words, you are not alone. Many students have difficulty with these words
because they’re different in their native languages and probably in yours.
Right? So, what do you do? Well, keep watching because I have found a
solution which has helped many of my students, and I think it will help you, and that is
by using a pyramid or a triangle-okay?-to learn these three
important words. Let’s see how it works. So, like the triangle: “at” is used in very
specific situations, very narrow situations. For example: “At 5:00”, “At
12:30”, “At midnight”, right? It’s very exact. It’s very narrow. “On”, like the triangle, is a little bit
broader and it’s used for one day or one date. For example: “On Monday”, or “On
January 25th”, “On New Year’s Day”. Right?
Got it? Are you with me? Good.
Let’s continue. Now, “in” is the widest of the lot, as you can
see, like in the triangle; “at”, “on”, “in”. So, “in” covers things like months, seasons,
years, decades, centuries, and any kind of long period. For example, we say in English: “In July”,
“In summer” or “In the summer”, “In 2005”, “In the 1960s”, “In the 1800s”, which
was a long time ago, or: “In the past”. We can also say: “In
the future”, okay? Because it’s also a
long period of time. Did you get that? So: “at” for very narrow situations; “on” for
little bit wider, one day or one date-right?-and “in” for the widest situations of
all, more than one day or one date. Now, let’s do a little practice to
see how well you’ve understood this. Okay, now let’s fill in the blanks with
our three words: “at”, “on”, and “in”. But before we fill them in here,
let’s fill them in on our triangle. So, do you remember: What goes at the top, what’s
very narrow and covers a very specific time? “At”, very good. What’s a little bit more than that,
covering one day or one date? “On”, very good. And what’s the widest of the lot, covering
months, and seasons, and years, and decades, and centuries? “In”, okay? You’ve got it. Now let’s apply what we’ve learned, because
otherwise there’s no point, so let’s do it. So: “_______ 6:00.” What do we say? Do you remember? “At 6:00.” Excellent. “_______ Sunday.” One day, right? “On Sunday.” Very good. “_______ winter.” What do we say? It’s a long period of time, especially
in Canada where I live, okay? So: “In winter.” We can also say:
“In the winter.” Same thing. And: “_______ Independence Day.” It’s one day, so we need to
say: “On Independence Day.” Okay? Very Good. Now let’s continue to some sentences, because
that’s how you actually use the language. Number five: “See
you _______ noon.” “See you…” Now, what’s “noon”? “Noon” means 12 o’clock in the afternoon,
it’s a precise, exact time, so we say: “See you at noon.” Very good. Number six: “I’ll call
you _______ Friday.” “I’ll call you on Friday.” Very good, because
it was one day. Next one: “We have a
meeting _______ 4:30.” “We have a meeting”, specific
time, which one? “…at 4:30”. Very good. And the last one: “They’re getting
married _______ March 9th.” It’s one day, okay? One date. So, it is this one: “They’re getting
married on March 9th.” Okay? So, you can see that the triangle can help you
to remember which preposition to use when. Now, here’s some more things you can do to
help you remember this really, really well. First of all, go to our website at www.engvid.com,
and there you’ll find a resource which I’ve written which explains all of this, and also
you can print it out, you can download it for free. Everything is for free; no cost.
Okay? And there you’ll find exercises and explanations of
this, and also an explanation of some exceptions and expressions that we use
with “at”, “on”, and “in”. There are about more
than 50 of them. Okay? So you’ll find the explanation
of the triangle, plus more. Second, while you’re at the website, www.engvid.com,
you’ll find hundreds of other lessons which can help you with your English.
Okay? Lots and lots of lessons at different levels;
beginner, intermediate, advanced, business English, pronunciation, grammar,
IELTS, TOEFL, you name it. Okay? It’s all available and
it’s all for free. And last, before you go away, don’t forget
to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you can continue to get better and better in English,
because my lessons are based on 25 years of teaching, and whatever I put together as a
lesson is based on the mistakes that many of my students have made, and
hopefully you will never make again. Thanks very much for watching,
and good luck with your English.

100 Comments

  • Learn English with Rebecca [engVid]

    April 16, 2019

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  • Angelica Martinez

    June 2, 2019

    I love you

    Reply
  • Neelam Sharma

    June 3, 2019

    This is the best trick I have ever seen ….love for India

    Reply
  • Carlos Corrales

    June 5, 2019

    Good stuff
    Thanks heaps

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  • Diário do Coração

    June 6, 2019

    Amazing! 🇧🇷👏

    Reply
  • Valentina Liubchenko

    June 6, 2019

    Brilliant!

    Reply
  • Hosii Tv Show

    June 7, 2019

    Wwoww dear techear a wonderful explanation go a head.

    Reply
  • 84VitKO

    June 8, 2019

    Thanks for teacher like You are!!

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  • venuki kulamannage

    June 12, 2019

    Very methodical, thanks so much ma'am

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  • Aly Saran Kourouma

    June 17, 2019

    Tanks you teacher.

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  • Sumanta Mondal

    June 17, 2019

    Excellent

    Reply
  • Dunya Saadi

    June 21, 2019

    I like Your idea for explaning in on at. Thank u very much my lady

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  • Naked Dogs

    June 22, 2019

    God bless you Lady, tour clases helps me a lot with my grammar questions

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  • Lí C

    June 27, 2019

    Thank you! I have doubts when to use "in on at" in situations like: in you, on you, at you, in me, on me, at me. Could you help me, to know when to use it one or another?

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  • Vicky singh

    June 28, 2019

    Love yuu mam g 🤗

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  • CHITRA KRISHNAMOORTHY

    June 29, 2019

    This class is very useful. Thank you

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  • Aboubakar Ibrahim

    July 4, 2019

    God bless you

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  • suman balaiah

    July 5, 2019

    Simply superb madam….

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  • Jozef Antonio Riahtam

    July 6, 2019

    Thank You Mam

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  • jon philip

    July 6, 2019

    thank you so much ma'am… my co-teachers and I were using your videos for some follow up rectifications to our students…

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  • Eric NIYIKIZA

    July 7, 2019

    I have appreciated your teaching methodology☺

    Reply
  • Tiegam Ovilo

    July 7, 2019

    "AT"IS USED BOTH SPECIFIC TIME AND PLACE ISNT IT?

    Reply
  • Immortal Firefly06

    July 8, 2019

    how i wish you tube tutorials like this existed right before our highschool days, i'm hungry for knowledge and i admit i didn't learn a lot back in highschool days so im learning for more to develop myself, thanks!

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  • Mr. Tomaszek

    July 10, 2019

    What about the following example " We can finally relax as we are on vacation.
    "

    Why on Earth, there's ON instead "in" according to your pyramid?

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  • Seif Zongo

    July 11, 2019

    I understand it quaete good

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  • Dakshayini .s Sandhya

    July 14, 2019

    I love her teaching

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  • Rajenran V

    July 16, 2019

    Excellent memory mnemonic handled by the Teacher to anchor the contents. The ùsage of prepositions we learnt will never be forgotten. In most frequencies, non-native speakers have a jerk in using prepositions. Preposition may seem to be a little thing, but play a vital role in determinig the linguistic mastery.The articulation with pictorial representation by the Teacher is absolutely praiseworthy and the narration of this type are most welcome. So nice of you Teacher (Ravi)

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  • Judgement Ravi

    July 16, 2019

    Otha endi edukuney kilamberekangalaa😍

    Reply
  • Anne De Silva

    July 20, 2019

    ♥️💐💐💐💐💐💐

    Reply
  • Valerie Wijeyesekera

    July 21, 2019

    Thank you Rebecca. That's a great way to teach prepositions of time. Easy to understand and explain. God bless you.

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  • Siva Sai

    July 22, 2019

    Thanks ma'am after this long I got clarity on ' at-on-in'

    Reply
  • harshawardhan sasane

    July 24, 2019

    I have British 🇬🇧 client and I don't understand their some accent. How can I improve and speak with them confidently. This will help to achieve career progression

    Reply
  • Kennedy Mankhokwe

    July 25, 2019

    Wonderful work madam,I'm speechless.

    Reply
  • Jozêê Matinée

    July 28, 2019

    How to refer to the region?

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  • arundhati das

    July 30, 2019

    We love you Rebecca, thankyou very much.👍

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  • Iryna Alatartseva

    July 30, 2019

    Thanks!

    Reply
  • arundhati das

    July 31, 2019

    Thankyou for teaching us on this good topic , thankyou very much

    Reply
  • Paranoid android

    August 1, 2019

    thank you Rebecca

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  • shekhar bhagat

    August 3, 2019

    Very educative. Thank you Madam.

    Reply
  • aditya singh

    August 4, 2019

    thnku sho mch .u hv clear my doubt

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  • yongjip choi

    August 5, 2019

    Thank you so much. . But could i ask a question? How about afternoon?
    It is small than a day and bigger than a clock.

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  • Giti Shirasb

    August 5, 2019

    Thank you so much

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  • GOOD EARTH

    August 9, 2019

    A very good teacher

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  • Arshiya meher

    August 9, 2019

    Great teacher thank you

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  • prasenjit Barman

    August 10, 2019

    1)At

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  • MUDASSIR Khan

    August 10, 2019

    brilliant idea to make some one understand , well done , even i send its screen shot to my friends

    Reply
  • john britto

    August 11, 2019

    Thank you mam

    Reply
  • Felipe Briana

    August 12, 2019

    Very helpful. Thank you.

    Reply
  • JohnnyJourney

    August 12, 2019

    Hello ma'am I love all your discussions.. I always use all your techniques to my every discussions. Thank you very much..!

    Reply
  • Glare Nayak

    August 12, 2019

    Very nice ….you are really a good teacher thank you so much may God bless you so much

    Reply
  • Mohammad Nuruddin

    August 12, 2019

    thanks,madam.

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  • Rk Gunikanta

    August 12, 2019

    Awesome!! you are very creative in teaching. I believe I won't forget the usage of these three. Thank you.

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  • Murali dhara.v

    August 13, 2019

    Great idea to learn English. Thank you.

    Reply
  • sarayu genny

    August 13, 2019

    Life time mystery , u solved in one minute for me , love u mam

    Reply
  • Michael Cardenas

    August 13, 2019

    Creative!

    Reply
  • Umesh Nongmaithem

    August 13, 2019

    Thank you, helps me a lot in improving my grammar.

    Reply
  • Nagella Jean-Baptiste

    August 13, 2019

    This is cool even for kindergarten.

    I don't remember learning it that way when learning English.

    The only thing I know about the triangle is the pyramid of Egypt.

    The pentagram zodiac shape of a triangle. Only tarot readers know what I'm talking about.

    And the food group.

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  • Jose Steven Solis

    August 13, 2019

    NO PUEDE HABLAR EN ESPAÑOL NO EN TIENDO

    Reply
  • BABU singapore

    August 14, 2019

    Thank you

    Reply
  • John Edi

    August 14, 2019

    years after another to discover, now I find you "at" this evening. thank you….

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  • Haider Ali

    August 14, 2019

    SEE U AT MORNING CORRECT?

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  • gKarthik Sundar

    August 14, 2019

    Good Triangle 👍

    Reply
  • Vinay Pandey

    August 15, 2019

    She is soooo sweet❤❤❤❤❤

    Reply
  • Angel Flores

    August 15, 2019

    Just subscribed…excellent lesson!

    Reply
  • Rasha Elkashef

    August 16, 2019

    You are wonderful

    Reply
  • Thepoor Kid

    August 17, 2019

    Now I can sleep with a smile … thank you very much

    Reply
  • Carol1505 Kishen

    August 18, 2019

    Thanks madam

    Reply
  • Reginalda Immanuel

    August 19, 2019

    It was so helpful

    Reply
  • Prince Rajamanickam

    August 21, 2019

    Too good…Salute

    Reply
  • Madhav Sugumar

    August 21, 2019

    How to use at, on , in with places. Like in Chennai or at Chennai, in my apartment or at my apartment. Pls clarify?

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  • Vvn Vvn

    August 21, 2019

    Very easy to understand thank you

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  • Sudhakar Subramani

    August 23, 2019

    Thank you so much

    Reply
  • Roni Yap

    August 24, 2019

    Many thanks

    Reply
  • behnam mohamadzadeh

    August 24, 2019

    Thank you Rebecca, your the best teacher. LOVE from Iran.

    Reply
  • charlie liu

    August 25, 2019

    this is the lecture i really i need.

    Reply
  • Bon Na

    August 25, 2019

    Thanks for this!👍

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  • G D

    August 25, 2019

    Thank you!

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  • Wesenyelesh Biru

    August 25, 2019

    Wow thank you so much

    Reply
  • Lingu Patil

    August 26, 2019

    hi beautiful

    Reply
  • Shanthi Christy

    August 28, 2019

    👍

    Reply
  • Sundar Durai

    August 28, 2019

    Very nice mam

    Reply
  • Mayuri Bhanse

    August 30, 2019

    Wow!!! what an idea..(pyramid)…thanks mam ..plz upload a video on email writing formal (to the manager;to employee;to company)n informal.

    Reply
  • Emi Babu

    August 31, 2019

    ma'am can I have ur online classes for improving my spoken English

    Reply
  • amit mardane

    September 1, 2019

    Respected Madam, First of all thanks for your grammar lecture. I also teach English up to secondary level. Keep the momentum and guide us all in the same way. Happy teaching. Good luck.

    Reply
  • Sawma&Judy cck

    September 1, 2019

    Which one to use for places? At or on,in ?

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  • Sandeep Verma

    September 2, 2019

    Thank you !! you are awesome. I wish , I could have got teacher like you.

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  • ام نوور انواار

    September 3, 2019

    ⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘👏👩🏻‍🏫

    Reply
  • Salim Javed

    September 3, 2019

    Please do explain usage of "in the morning or the evening".

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  • Pooja Parab

    September 4, 2019

    Innovative way wid pyramid

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  • Aghy Szre

    September 4, 2019

    Mam, What will be the best preposition here?

    1. He is looking_ the piece of paper.
    2. He is looking _ the road.
    3. He is looking _ her.
    Piece of paper is smaller whereas the road is bigger but seems to be that_at_ will be the right answer.

    Reply
  • Mohammed ashraf

    September 5, 2019

    Thank you so much

    Reply
  • R J Different

    September 5, 2019

    Thanku mam..

    Reply
  • Mahesh Sundaram

    September 5, 2019

    This is fine, but why is it "in the morning/evening" but "at night"? AFAIK, dictionaries define night as the intervening period between dusk and dawn, so why "at night?"

    Reply
  • Randy Pelaez

    September 7, 2019

    Thank you so much

    Reply
  • Siyawash Nishat

    September 10, 2019

    Thanks

    Reply
  • Siyawash Nishat

    September 10, 2019

    Thank you

    Reply
  • virendra ajmera

    September 10, 2019

    It seems found a great teacher…..

    Reply
  • jowsss manaloto

    September 11, 2019

    Thankyou so much! Gained confidence i english

    Reply
  • jowsss manaloto

    September 11, 2019

    Thankyou so much! Gained confidence i english

    Reply
  • Neném Tião F

    September 14, 2019

    Any native english speakers have dificult with it ?

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