This unit gives you examples of at, down, in, into, inside, off, on, onto, out of, outside, over, under and up when we are talking about outdoor places and public places.


This means 'at the same place as' or 'near'. We are not interested in the exact position.

Maria's at the hospital.
(She is working or visiting.)

They're all at the beach.
(not at home)

I'll wait for you at the bank.
(outside or inside)

In/ on/ inside/ outside

We are interested in exactly where.

Maria's in the hospital.
(She is sick; she cannot leave.)

They're on the beach.
(not in the water)

I'll wait inside the bank. It's too cold outside.
(I'm saying exactly where.)


get in/ into the car  BUT
get on/ onto the train/ plane/ ship

get out of the car  BUT
get off the train/ plane/ ship

Over/ under/ up/ down

The branches of the tree hung over the road.

We found shelter from the rain under a tree.

The children ran up the hill.

He jumped over the wall.

The cat crawled under a car.

He climbed slowly down the ladder.

In/ into

We walked in the park for half an hour.

From the bus stop, we walked into the park.

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