Prepositions are a very important thing to understand when you learn English or want to learn a new language. At Miami English Spot we love giving you mini lessons that you can keep and read back whenever you have a doubt!
In this lesson, we will be talking about the prepositions “at” and “to”. An easy lesson to understand: which prepositions to know in any case, and explain which word refers to movement and which one refers to location.
Do you arrive to the airport or at the airport? Do you fly to London or fly at London?
These two are commonly confused prepositions. The thing to remember is that:
To= always suggests movements or direction.
You are going TO someone, TO some place, TO some thing! Remember! People, places, or things.
At= Suggests a location, in place or time.
You are AT school.
To something, at somewhere. Do you understand the difference? When we use to, there’s movement implied, and at is used when you’ve already arrived! Think through this when thinking which one to use, and you can make no mistake!
Towards a person
I talked to him
Explain to her
Send to them
Read to the kids
Towards a place
We went to school
Run to the park
Fly to London
Return to my house
Towards a thing
She walked to her car
When using at, you’ve already arrived somewhere, or at a time. At is steady and does not imply movement. Location in place, or even location in time.
Location in place
We are at the airport
I am at school
Location in time
Wake me up at 6:00am
See you at 2:00pm
Now you know! A super easy guide to understand how to use these two frequently confused prepositions! Try it yourself! Try writing a couple of sentences with each, and practice every day! At Miami English Spot you can also learn English in full immersion classes, group classes, or even English Clubs where you can talk to other people and learn in conversation! Contact us! Programadvisor@miamienglishspot.com ☎ (786) 867-0183