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Prepositions and Geography

Rules:
1) Continents - in; e.g. in Asia, in Europe
2) Countries - in; e.g. in China
3) Cities, towns, districts, provinces, counties, areas and villages - in; e.g. in Beijing, in Kowloon.
4) Islands - on; e.g. on Lantau, on Hong Kong Island
    Islands - groups of islands- in; e.g. in the Dao Yu Islands, in the Spratleys
5) Mountains - single mountains - on; e.g. on Yellow Mountain, on Mount Everest, on the Peak
     Mountain ranges - in; e.g. in the Himalayas
6) Lakes and Rivers- on (e.g. on the surface) in (under the surface); e.g. a boat on the West Lake, swimming in the West Lake
7) Seas and Oceans- in; e.g. in the Pacific Ocean, in the South China Sea
8) Places that are different for different people- at ; e.g. at home, at university, at work, at the doctor's, at my friend's flat

Therefore, as 'in' is the most common preposition, if you are not sure what to say or write, use 'in', and you will probably be correct!

Question 1:
Which is correct?

a. Brazil is of South America.
b. Brazil is at South America.
c. Brazil is on South America.
d. Brazil is in South America.

Question 2:
Which is correct?

a. New York is of the United States of America.
b. New York is at the United States of America.
c. New York is on the United States of America.
d. New York is in the United States of America.

Question 3:
Which is correct?

a. Qingdao is of Shandong Province.
b. Qingdao is at Shandong Province.
c. Qingdao is in Shandong Province.

Question 4:
Which is correct?

a. I live on Peng Chau.
b. I live at Peng Chau.
c. I live in Peng Chau.

 

Question 5:
Which is correct?

a. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain of the Himalayas.
b. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain at the Himalayas.
c. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on the Himalayas.
d. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the Himalayas.

Question 6:
Which is correct?

a. Hong Kong island is of the South China Sea.
b. Hong Kong island is at the South China Sea.
c. Hong Kong island is in the South China Sea.

Question 7:
Which is correct?

a. I live of home.
b. I live at home.
c. I live on home.
d. I live in home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feedback for Question 1, Choice 'a': "Brazil is of South America."
Use 'in' with continents.
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Feedback for Question 1, Choice 'b': "Brazil is at South America."
Use 'in' with continents.
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Feedback for Question 1, Choice 'c': "Brazil is on South America."
Use 'in' with continents.
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Feedback for Question 1, Choice 'd': "Brazil is in South America."
Yes, correct. Use 'in' with continents.
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Feedback for Question 2, Choice 'a': "New York is of the United States of America."
Use "in" in front of country names.
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Feedback for Question 2, Choice 'b': "New York is at the United States of America."
Use "in" in front of country names.
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Feedback for Question 2, Choice 'c': "New York is on the United States of America."
Use "in" in front of country names.
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Feedback for Question 2, Choice 'd': "New York is in the United States of America."
Yes, correct. Use "in" in front of country names.
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Feedback for Question 3, Choice 'a': "Qingdao is of Shandong Province."
Use 'in' for provinces.
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Feedback for Question 3, Choice 'b': "Qingdao is  at Shandong Province."
Use 'in' for provinces.
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Feedback for Question 3, Choice 'c': "Qingdao is in Shandong Province."
Yes, correct. Use 'in' for provinces.
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Feedback for Question 4, Choice 'a': "I live on Peng Chau."
Yes, with islands use 'on'.
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Feedback for Question 4, Choice 'b': "I live at Peng Chau."
No, with islands use 'on'.
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Feedback for Question 4, Choice 'c': "I live in Peng Chau."
No, with islands use 'on'.
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Feedback for Question 5, Choice 'a': "Mount Everest is the tallest mountain of the Himalayas."
No, use 'in' for mountain ranges.
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Feedback for Question 5, Choice 'b': "Mount Everest is the tallest mountain at the Himalayas."
No, use 'in' for mountain ranges.
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Feedback for Question 5, Choice 'c': "Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on the Himalayas."
No, use 'in' for mountain ranges.
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Feedback for Question 5, Choice 'd': "Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the Himalayas."
Yes, use 'in' for mountain ranges.
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Feedback for Question 6, Choice 'a': "Hong Kong island is of the South China Sea."
No, use 'in' for seas and oceans.
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Feedback for Question 6, Choice 'b': "Hong Kong island is at the South China Sea."
No, use 'in' for seas and oceans.
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Feedback for Question 6, Choice 'c': "Hong Kong island is in the South China Sea."
Yes, use 'in' for seas and oceans.
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Feedback for Question 7, Choice 'a': "I live of home."
No, use 'at' before 'home'.
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Feedback for Question 7, Choice 'b': "I live at home."
Yes, use 'at' before 'home'.
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Feedback for Question 7, Choice 'c': "I live on home."
No, use 'at' before 'home'.
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Feedback for Question 7, Choice 'd': "I live in home."
No, use 'at' before 'home'.
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Last updated on: Monday, March 26, 2012