Prepositions (IN, ON, AT)
A preposition is a word that describes a relationship between two things. For example, in the sentence "the water is in the bottle", the preposition IN tells how the water and the bottle are connected or related. In the sentence "the bottle is on the table" the preposition ON tells how the bottle and the table are connected. The water/bottle relationship is different from the bottle/table relationship. It sounds a bit confusing, but it's really not.
Although there are many English prepositions, the three that cause the greatest confusion are IN, ON and AT. Each has a unique meaning, and it's important to remember that they cannot be used interchangeably. Consider the following Tagalog phrases, and their English equivalents:
|sa bote||in the bottle|
|sa mesa||on the table|
|sa bahay ko||at my house|
Tagalog commonly uses a single preposition-marker "sa", but English uses IN, ON and AT to describe different relationships. The rules are very simple. Read on . . .