2.3 Describing location
In describing locations you need to use a variety of prepositions. After studying their use, you go on to practise describing locations in writing.
Prepositions are generally difficult to use correctly. Here you look at prepositions to describe location.
In is used for areas, such as towns, cities, regions, countries etc.
in Preston, in Colombo, in Northern India, in Malawi.
At is used for particular places or points, and for stopping places on journeys:
at school, at the factory, at the hotel.
The train stopped at three stations.
We landed at Istanbul Airport.
On is used for places which you can think of as being on a line:
on the River Nile, on the M7 motorway, on the coast.
Between indicates position relative to two other references:
East Goscote is between Melton Mowbray and Leicester.
Of is used with north, south, east and west for time and distance.
In the north of Spain.
45 minutes west of New York.
65 kilometres south of Cairo.
From is used for distance and time.
12 kilometres from the river.
10 minutes walk from the office.
To and from are usual when a verb of movement is used, such as go, fly, travel, drive etc.
We flew to Cape Town.
He went to the office.
Complete the following sentences by noting down the appropriate prepositions.
Newcastle is ...... the north-east of England.
I'll meet you ...... the airport.
It is ...... the main motorway and rail routes.
Lille is ...... Paris and Brussels.
Girona is 120 kilometres ...... Barcelona.
Milton Keynes is less than one hour ...... London by car.
Lille is 30 minutes ...... the coast.
Preston is 40 minutes north ...... Manchester.
The meeting's ...... our Paris office.
Reading is west ...... London.
Newcastle is in the north-east of England.
I'll meet you at the airport.
It is on the main motorway and rail routes.
Lille is between Paris and Brussels.
Girona is 120 kilometres from Barcelona.
Milton Keynes is less than one hour from London by car.
Lille is 30 minutes from the coast.
Preston is 40 minutes north of Manchester.
The meeting's at our Paris office.
Reading is west of London.
Below is a brief information sheet prepared by Reloc about the city of Bristol. Write a similar information sheet about your own town or another town you know well.
In the answer there is a second, longer description of Bristol. Use it as a model to write a more detailed description of your town.
Use this longer description of Bristol as a model to write a more detailed description of your town.