Difference between pairs of sentence The use of ‘in’ and ‘at’ ‘in’ in simple sentences correctly.

Subject :

English Grammar

Topic :

Difference between pairs of sentence 

The use of ‘in’ and ‘at’  in simple sentences correctly.

Class :

Primary 6 / Basic 6


Term :


Third Term

Week :

Week 4

Reference Materials :  .

Scheme of Work

online materials


Instructional Materials :..

  • Wall Charts
  • pictorials
  • pictures




Previous Knowledge :

The pupils have previous knowledge of the use of preposition



Behavioural Objectives :  At the end of the lesson, the pupils should be able to

  • make use of preposition like in , or at correctly in sentences



Content :


Difference between pairs of sentence 

The use of ‘in’ and ‘at’ ‘in’ in simple sentences correctly.

A preposition is a word that is used to show the relationship that exist between tow or more nouns or pronouns


The prepositions of location at, in, on are somehow confusing in usage when it comes to its usage  than basic position preposition.

Prepositions that deals with location are associated with specific types of locations, which must be understood.


The use of preposition (in)

It is used to refer to a specific point in time eg 

  1. i was born in 1982
  2. i saw him in April
  3. it rained in the evening
  4. The pencil is in the box
  5. am in school right now learning


The use of preposition (at)

It is used to refer to  or  express

  • specific location (e.g., “Mr Alabi Micheal is waiting at home for me “),
  • specific time (e.g., “The interview is at 3 P.M.”),
  • or a specific point (e.g., “The current inflation rate  is at 75 percent.”).

More Examples in sentences

  1. I sat at my table wondering what will happen next.
  2. Let’s meet at 8:45.
  3. The bus will stop at the supermarket.
  4. The leopard scratched at the tourist vehicle windscreen.
  5. Their wedding was at Ikorodu  town hall.
  6. There were a lot  of fans at Yemi Alade’s latest concert.
  7. They all laughed at Basketmouth  jokes.
  8. The lion lunged at the lamb
  9. He stood at the pulpit.
  10. Don’t you dare yell at him.



At In On
at work in class on the floor
at home in college on the ground
at the bank in the hospital on the freeway
at the beach in my car on the lawn
at 123 Main Street in a taxi on the subway
at IKEJA in a canoe on the Titanic
at the party in the sky on the plane
at the bus stop in the universe on Mount Everest
at the ticket counter in the army on the stairs
at my desk in the Rocky Mountains on Mars
at the dinner table in the Pacific on the shore
at the exit in the crowd on the sidewalk
at the supermarket in the theater on the balcony
at the wedding in China on Catalina Island
at the post office in Africa on his motorcycle


The topic is presented step by step


Step 1:

The class teacher revises the previous topics


Step 2.

He introduces the new topic


Step 3:

The class teacher allows the pupils to give their own examples and he corrects them when the needs arise


Evaluation :

Fill The Gaps With The Right Prepositions (at ,in , on)

  1. We are …………. school
  2. We met ………… the party
  3. Am  ,,,,,,,, my office right now
  4. I work ………… Lagos
  5. i live ……  ikeja


Conclusion :


The class teacher wraps up or conclude the lesson by giving out short note to summarize the topic that he or she has just taught.

The class teacher also goes round to make sure that the notes are well copied or well written. He or she does the necessary corrections when the need arises.


Assignment :

Prepare for the next lesson by reading about Review of guides to good essay writing



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