1. The first member is standing up at the first spot.

  2. The first member is standing up on the first spot.

Which preposition is appropriate?

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    Welcome to ELL! "At" and "on" are not articles but prepositions. Feb 22, 2016 at 14:24
  • Do you mean which preposition?
    – thein lwin
    Feb 22, 2016 at 14:26
  • I don't understand what you mean by first spot. In the context of a "multi-artist" entertainment show, for example, it's The support band are in/on [for] the first spot (or first slot). Also, who is the "member", and why is he "first"? (is he only first because he's on the first spot, or is he something like First Minister of Wales? Feb 22, 2016 at 14:27
  • As far as I know, the phrase "at the spot" means "a particular space or area". I would use "at the first spot".
    – thein lwin
    Feb 22, 2016 at 15:25

1 Answer 1


At is used with places. If the "spot" can be considered a place, at can be used.

X on Y is used if

  • Y is a flat surface or object and

  • The feet or bottom part of X makes contact with the surface, or top surface of that object.

If the "spot" fulfills that criteria, on can be used.

It's possible both on or at will work and in that case it doesn't matter which you use.

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