Use ‘To’, ‘At’ and ‘In’ with Locations

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The prepositions of location ‘in’, ‘at’ and ‘to’ are quite difficult for beginners to use and even some advanced learners make mistakes with the words. Here are some examples to show how they are used when talking about locations.

To

Use with destinations.

Let’s go to London.
Come to my house.

Don’t use with the verb ‘visit’.

Let’s visit to London.
Visit to my house.

Don’t use with ‘here’, ‘there’, ‘somewhere’, ‘anywhere’ or ‘nowhere’.

Come to here.
Let’s go to somewhere.

At

Use after a ‘be’ verb or gerund (~ing) phrase and before businesses, educational places, amenities

I’m at Harrods.
She was at school.
They’re meeting us at the park.

Don’t use with ‘here’, ‘there’, ‘somewhere’, ‘anywhere’ or ‘nowhere’.

I’m at here.
She was at there.
There meeting us at somewhere.

In

Use with cities and large buildings.

I was in Dublin last week.
I’m at the coffee shop in Suncoast Mall.

It can be used with ‘here’, ‘there’ and in some unusual cases with ‘somewhere’ and/or ‘anywhere’.

He’s in here.
You can’t go in there.
I tried to get in somewhere for university but I couldn’t get in anywhere.

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