Which of these is correct?

  • I went to cardiac ward in my first clinical placement.
  • I went to cardiac ward for my first clinical placement.
  • I went to cardiac ward on my first clinical placement.

Also, is it better to say I went in or I went to?

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    Where do you want to use the sentence? Context can be everything for preposition use, and a job application context can be far from a hospital-based story context, for example. Oct 25, 2018 at 6:43
  • Let's just say I'm telling someone about my first hospital clinical placement.
    – user321021
    Oct 25, 2018 at 9:42
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    "on my first clinical placement" sounds right based both on instinct as well as empirical data. ("student nurses on clinical placement in the paediatric ...")
    – Kris
    Oct 25, 2018 at 9:49
  • There's a Q&A about 'for/in/on prepositions' that explains how context and intent affect the choice. -- Also you could say: "I went in the ...", "I went to the ...", but don't forget that "I went in to the ..." (and not repeat in), "I went for the ... in/for/on ...", "I went on the ... in/for/on ..." is also possible.
    – Rob
    Nov 24, 2018 at 2:26
  • "for" suggests that was the only or main thing done as the placement, while "in" or "on" could be just a part of the placement.
    – Stuart F
    Aug 11, 2021 at 8:58

1 Answer 1


If this was just describing a past event to a friend, for example, the second would be a good choice:

  • I went to cardiac ward for my first clinical placement.

It still needs so work, as 'ward' is a count noun and if left without an article or anything will default to the uncount noun:

  • to the cardiac ward

Finally, 'went' is rather a single-use verb, it lacks the feeling of a repeated action. So we could use a different ploy:

I was on the cardiac ward for my....

  • Can you also say I went to the cardiac ward for my first placement? or should I say I went on the cardiac ward for my first placement?
    – user321021
    Oct 25, 2018 at 12:18
  • 'went to' suggests a single visit, while 'went on' is unlikely and more likely to be use in situations like: 'I went on a bicycle'. Oct 25, 2018 at 13:51

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