Together with the preposition at, in and on they are the most used in the English language. All three are prepositions of place and time. When they are translated, the prepositions “en” or “a” are often used, which is why their distinction and that of their use is complicated for those who do not speak English as their first language. However, there are a number of guidelines and conditions to be taken into account to know when will be used in and at what time on . What is the difference between In and On?
|In Spanish||On is translated with the prepositions “a” or “en”.||In the same way, in is translated as “a” or “in.”|
|Rules of use||On is used to refer to specific and small questions.
It is also used when one wants to indicate the position of something that is in a straight line or on a straight surface.
When giving an address, if it is inside a building.
To say that something is on or on top of something else.
In the same way it is used to talk about special days, such as Christmas or a birthday.
To talk about a specific day of the week.
Also to talk about a specific part of the body.
Finally, it is used to talk about a means of transport.
|On the other hand, in is used when referring to larger, more general questions. Also to refer to three-dimensional positions.
This means that something that is located in a place surrounded by things.
Also, it is used to say that something is located within a closed space.
When an object is located inside another object.
To refer to cities or countries.
Also to refer to long periods of time (months, seasons of the year, years, decades and centuries).
Finally, it is used to talk about the parts of the day (morning, afternoon and night).